US clarifies reports about Donald Lu’s testimony on Pakistan elections

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Donald Lu, the US Assis­tant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, has been in the news for the last two years for his alleged role in the regime change operation in Pakistan.

In the latest development, the US State Department has clarified the reports about Lu’s appearance before a Congress panel as part of a hearing on the recent Pakistan elections. The State Department has said that Lu’s March 20 appearance before a Congress panel is a routine testimony and it aligns with the regular practice of US officials providing updates to Congress.

According to reports, the House Subcommittee on the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia will hold a hearing on March 20 that is titled “Pakistan After the Elections: Examining the Future of Democracy in Pakistan and the US-Pakistan Relationship”.

When asked about the scheduled hearing at a news briefing on Thursday, State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said, “Any number of State Department officials testify all the time before Congress. We see it as an important part of our jobs to help Congress do its job, both from a policymaking perspective and from an oversight perspective.”

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