US Has Cut Funding To A Popular Pakistani Version Of The Children's Program "Sesame Street"

WASHINGTON: The United States has cut allotment to a accepted Pakistani adaptation of the children's affairs "Sesame Street" amidst allegations of artifice and abuse, a US official said Tuesday.

The program, run beneath the awning of the US-based Sesame Workshop by a bounded amphitheater group, had been awarded some $20 actor in funds from the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Known as "Sim Sim Hamara" it included some of the aforementioned bristling puppets admired by accouchement in the West such as Elmo as able-bodied as locally developed characters including Baily, a
creamy donkey who wants to be a pop star, and a crocodile, Haseen-o-Jameel, who loves words, rhymes, and songs.

But through an anti-fraud hotline set up by the US, Washington accustomed "what we accept were aboveboard allegations of artifice and corruption by the Rafi Peer Amphitheater Workshop, which manages the 'Sesame Street' affairs in Pakistan," a State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, said.

An analysis has been launched into the allegations and Rafi Peer had been beatific "a letter that terminates the activity agreement," he added.

Toner banned to go into the attributes of the allegations adjoin the project, which he said had already spent some $6.7 actor of its funds.

"We do accede the affairs is beneficial. But, we had what we accept were aboveboard allegations. So rather than to abide to bandy acceptable money afterwards bad, we anticipation it was advisable to cut off this affairs and delay for the after-effects of the investigation," he told journalists.

Sesame Workshop said in a account that it was "surprised and abashed to apprentice about the austere allegations fabricated adjoin Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop."

It added that it was apprehension the aftereffect of the analysis and did "not apperceive the specific capacity of these allegations."

"It is our achievement that the achievements of Sim Sim Hamara, and the assets we accept fabricated in the lives of accouchement in Pakistan, will backpack on."

It was the additional time that a adopted adaptation of "Sesame Street" has run into agitation afterwards beforehand problems with a Palestinian program.

"Let me be actual bright that we acerb abutment the ambition of... 'Sesame Street' and the Sesame Workshop worldwide," Toner said.

"These are admired programs, teaching kids common ethics as able-bodied as math, account skills, et cetera."

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