US Urges Probe into Alleged Pakistan Election Rigging, Denies Conspiracy Claims

US Urges Probe into Alleged Pakistan Election Rigging, Denies Conspiracy Claims
© Donald Lu, by U.S. Consulate General Chennai, May 11th, 2011, via Flickr


Hasom Jang

Pakistan Researcher, 

Global Human Rights Defence

In recent congressional testimonies, US Assistant Secretary of State Donald Lu has called for a thorough investigation into alleged irregularities surrounding Pakistan's February 8th general elections. Lu emphasised the importance of transparency and accountability in electoral processes, echoing concerns over electoral integrity and freedoms.

During his testimony, Lu addressed former Prime Minister Imran Khan's allegations of US involvement in Pakistani politics, categorically denying any conspiracy. He reaffirmed the commitment of the US to respecting Pakistan's sovereignty and supporting its democratic institutions.

Highlighting Pakistan's economic challenges, Lu stressed the necessity of economic reforms and private sector-led investments to address mounting debt and foster sustainable growth. He underscored Pakistan's significance as a vital partner in regional stability and counterterrorism efforts.

Lu's testimonies underscored the complexities of US-Pakistan relations, acknowledging the imperative of upholding democratic principles and economic stability. The path forward, according to Lu, requires continued dialogue and cooperation to navigate challenges and foster a mutually beneficial partnership between the two nations.

The testimony comes amidst heightened tensions and scrutiny following Pakistan's general elections, where allegations of rigging and electoral irregularities have surfaced. Lu's call for an investigation reflects broader international concerns over the fairness and transparency of the electoral process in Pakistan.

Concerns over electoral integrity were compounded by former Prime Minister Imran Khan's claims of foreign interference, particularly from the United States. However, Lu firmly rejected these accusations, asserting the commitment of the US to non-interference in Pakistan's domestic affairs.

Economic challenges further complicate the landscape, with Pakistan facing mounting debt and the need for structural reforms to stimulate growth. Lu reiterated the importance of economic stability in fostering prosperity and strengthening bilateral relations between the US and Pakistan.

Lu's testimonies highlight the multifaceted nature of US-Pakistan relations, encompassing political, economic, and security considerations. As both nations navigate these challenges, continued engagement and cooperation are crucial for advancing shared interests and promoting stability in the region.

Sources and further readings:

“Complete falsehood”: Donald Lu rubbishes Imran Khan’s cipher ‘conspiracy theory’. Retrieved 20 March 2024,

In congressional testimony, Donald Lu favours probe into Pakistan ‘poll-rigging’ | Pakistan Today. Retrieved 20 March 2024,