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Donald Lu to appear at hearing on the future of democracy in Pakistan

11:59 PM | 14 Mar, 2024
Donald Lu to appear at hearing on future of democracy in Pakistan
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WASHINGTON – Just days after formation of a new government in Pakistan, the US House Foreign Affairs Com­mittee has tasked its Subcommittee on the Mid­dle East, Africa and Cen­tral Asia with conducting a hearing on the future of democracy in Pakistan. 

The hearing, which will be conducted on March 20, will also analyse the dynamics of US-Pakistan relations after the February 8 general elections in the South Asian country.

Donald Lu, the Assis­tant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, will be the sole witness for the hearing and his alleged involvement in the regime change operation in Pakistan adds significance to his testimony.

Pakistan's former prime minister Imran Khan and his party alleged that Lu threatened to destabilise the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led government during a March 2022 meeting with the then Pakistani ambassador in Washing­ton, Asad Majeed Khan.

Khan's allegations were frequently brought up at US State Department news briefings by journalists from both Pakistan and the United States, but the State Department always dismissed these allegations as unfounded.

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

The PTI’s US chapter said in a statement from Houston, Texas, that “persistent efforts” by Pakistani Americans led to a Congressional hearing on the allegations levelled by Khan and his party.

Both Democratic and Repub­lican legislators are expected to attend this bipartisan hearing in good numbers. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal 12 April

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 12, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Friday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 12 April 2024


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