WASHINGTON - The United States Thursday attempted to dispel the impression emerging from leaked diplomatic cables that Washington interfered in Pakistan's politics, insisting that it only pushed for a return to civilian rule in the country. "Everyone can go back and see clearly that the United States was encouraging Pakistan to move and to return to civilian rule, and we are gratified that Pakistan has done that. And we believe that Pakistan is stronger as a result," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told the regular news briefing. He was responding to a question that there was "strong thinking" in Pakistan that the United States does interfere in the internal affairs of Pakistan. Spokesman Crowley, while not commenting on the contents of any particular cable, stressed the United States and Pakistan are developing a strategic partnership which includes cooperation on both the civilian and military sides and that this cooperation would continue ahead. The United States, he said, very clearly supported a return to civilian government in Pakistan, about two years, ago but did not in any way influence the election result. "The United States didnt dictate the result," he pointed out. "We are working closely with President (Asif Ali) Zardari and, of course, President Zardari is in his position not because the United States dictated it; because tragically his wife was killed while campaigning for a high office. We work effectively with Prime Minister (Yousuf Raza) Gilani. Prime Minister Gilani was not placed in this position by the United States. He was elected as a member of parliament and through the parliament through the Pakistani political system," the spokesman added. The Obama administration, he said, will continue its partnership with the Pakistani democratically elected leadership. "We have an effective relationship with President Zardari, and that will continue. We have a close relationship with Prime Minister Gilani, and that will continue. We engage directly and frequently with Foreign Minister (Shah Mahmood) Qureshi. "Those three individuals and others, they are serving the national interest of Pakistan," Crowley said. Observers here noted the way the spokesman graded US relationship with the three leaders: With Zardari it is "effective", with Gilani "close" and FM Qureshi is engaged "directly and frequently." He said it was not for the United States to dictate who will be a president, prime minister, or a foreign minister."These are choices made within these countries, and we will work with the leaders that are chosen by the people of Pakistan, in this case, and anywhere where there is a democratic process that produces a government that we have the ability to work effectively with and on local, regional, and national issues." On the military side too, he noted the close cooperation between the two militaries would continue. "Well put the documents aside. We are building a strategic partnership with Pakistan, and thats manifest in the strategic dialogue that weve had on multiple occasions this year in Washington and in Islamabad. Our partnership has multiple dimensions. One, on the military side, there is extensive cooperation between the Pakistani military and the United States military, and we would expect that to continue," he responded when questioned if WikiLeaks will any way affect the military ties. "And on the civilian side, we are building up helping to build up the capacity of the Pakistani Government to deal with a range of challenges, not the least of which is recovering from the recent flooding. This is in our national interest. It is in Pakistans national interest. President Zardari once again affirmed the importance of our cooperation and the support and partnership that we that is involved in our relationship, and we would expect that to continue," the spokesman added. PAKISTAN, INDIA QUESTION: Defence Secretary Robert Gates, during his press conference, said that the U.S. is an indispensible country and other nations work with us because of three reasons: out of fear, out of respect, and out of need. Where will you place India and Pakistan in these? CROWLEY: We are building strategic relationships with both countries because they are important not just to our interests, but most importantly theyre as you chart the future course of developments in the world, Pakistan and India will have an impact on those developments.