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US Assistant Secretary Donald Lu to testify before Congress on March 20

PTI US chapter welcomes news; attributes it to 'consistent efforts' made by Pakistani Americans

By News Desk

March 15, 2024 11:48 AM


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The US Congress has summoned Assis­tant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu to testify during the hearing on the future of democracy in Pakistan, scheduled to be held on March 20, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Friday.

The US House Foreign Affairs Com­mittee had tasked its subcommittee on the Mid­dle East, Africa, and Cen­tral Asia with conducting the hearing.  

The hearing will also delve into the dynamics of US-Pakistan relations following the Feb 8 general elections.

The issue is frequently brought up during the US State Department news briefings by journalists from both Pakistan and the US. 

The decision to have Mr Lu attend the hearing un­­derscores the departm­e­nt’s desire to resolve the controversy by providing clarification on its stance.

In his comments, Matthew Miller, a representative of the US State Department, has said that the appearance of government officials before Congress to give testimonies is a routine matter. “This is one of our major responsibilities. And this helps Congress make policies,” he added.

Rejecting the allegations against Lu, Miller has said such allegations have always been untrue. “Allegations have been made against the same official in the past as well. But they were always rejected.”

We take threat to any US official seriously,” he said categorically.  

It is worth-mentioning here that ever since the ouster of its government in April 2022, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has been accusing Lu of writing a cipher in which he threatened Pakistan with dire consequences in case the party’s government was not ousted.   

A lot of importance is being attached to the assis­tant secretary’s testimony before Congress in view of the cipher episode.

It is expected that a large number of Congressmen, both Democrats and Republicans, will show up to listen to Lu’s side of the story.    

In a statement from Houston, Texas, the PTI’s US chapter said that the congressional hearing on this was the result of “persistent efforts” made by Pakistani Americans.

 

 


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