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Allegations Against Donald Lu Dismissed by U.S. Amidst Pakistan Election Inquiry

The United States has once again dismissed allegations made by the founder of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and his supporters against Assistant Secretary of State Donald Lu. The allegations accused Lu of threatening the PTI government.

Matthew Miller, the spokesperson for the State Department, said that the accusations against Assistant Secretary Lu are baseless. “The allegations against Assistant Secretary Lu have always been unfounded,” Miller stated, emphasizing that he has repeated this statement numerous times.

The controversy began two years ago when Imran Khan, the founder of PTI, publicly accused Lu of plotting to overthrow the PTI government. Since then, Lu has been the recipient of multiple threats.

When questioned about the potential threats to Lu, who has been summoned to testify at a hearing on Pakistani elections convened by a House subcommittee, Miller confirmed that the department takes any threats to U.S. officials seriously. He condemned any attempts to jeopardize the safety and security of U.S. diplomats.

Donald Lu, the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, has been summoned to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s subcommittee on Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia. The hearing, scheduled for Wednesday, will focus on the future of democracy and U.S.-Pakistan relations following the Pakistani elections.

In response to a question about the upcoming hearing, Miller clarified that it is common for State Department officials to testify before Congress. He stated, “We view it as a crucial aspect of our roles to assist Congress in its duties, from both a policy-making and oversight perspective. We always anticipate both the informal and formal discussions we have with Congress, as well as the actual testimonies our officials provide.”

Miller also expressed concerns about Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to implement the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act. He stated, “We are closely monitoring the implementation of this act. Respect for religious freedom and equal treatment under the law for all communities are fundamental democratic principles.”

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