As the National Assembly is expected to be dissolved ahead of its constitutional term next month, the United States has reiterated its commitment to working with a government elected by the Pakistani people.Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Elizabeth Horst, leading the Pakistan bureau at the US State Department, emphasized during a conference on the future of Pakistan-US Relations in Houston that the US does not take sides on any political candidate or party. She reiterated that the United States supports democratic principles, freedom of speech, and the rule of law.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) have decided on the premature dissolution of the National Assembly, at least three days before its stipulated term. However, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb denied that the date of dissolution is finalized, stating that it will be decided in consultation with the PDM and other allied parties before an official announcement is made.
Regarding the deterioration of Pakistan-US relations during Imran Khan’s tenure and the blame he placed on America for his ouster, specifically targeting Assistant Secretary of State Donald Lu, Horst clarified that the allegations against Lu are “categorically false.” The US government has repeatedly conveyed its stance to Pakistani officials, asserting that propaganda and misinformation will not hinder the valued partnership between the two nations.
Horst acknowledged the fruitful nature of Pakistan-US relations over the past 75 years, benefiting not only the two countries but also the wider world and the region. She emphasized that the US respects Pakistan’s sovereignty and does not interfere in its political affairs. The US remains committed to fostering a constructive relationship with Pakistan, supporting democratic values and mutual respect between the two nations.