ISLAMABAD - The United States (US) has decided to put its full weight behind the civilian government and reverse its old policy of exclusively dealing with the presidency and the military leadership, a top official source told The Nation on Thursday. "US Deputy Chief of Mission Peter W. Bodde and several U.S officials including heads of the military office at the American Embassy and US Agency for International Development (USAID) expressed these views in a meeting with PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari the other day", the source privy to the talks said. He said that the venue of the meeting was the residence of the US Deputy Chief of Mission because of security reasons as it was difficult to ensure security for the Zardari House. Pakistan's Ambassador-designate to Washington Husain Haqqani and top officials of the US Embassy were also present on the occasion. "The US embassy team fully briefed Zardari about the American policy with Pakistan and the civilian government. During their briefing, the US officials made tremendous effort to show deference to the civilian political leadership," the source said. "They said nothing that can be construed as America telling Pakistan's elected leaders what to do. There was no attempt to pressure the politicians but to share the range of US- Pakistan relations." The sources said that the US wanted to brief the civilian leaders about the full range of U.S-Pakistan cooperation, which in the past had often been mired in secrecy. During the briefing, the US officials told the PPP leadership that the US is showing greater sensitivity to the concerns and wants to give first priority to Pakistan's elected leaders and the Pakistani public. The source said that the US officials made it clear that the civilian government could get benefits from the "democracy dividend" in U.S civilian aid promised by congressional leaders. According to him, the US officials said that the Congress would soon adopt a bill assuring $ 1.5 billion "democracy dividend" to Pakistan in the form of aid to strengthen democratic institutions in Pakistan for five years. He said that the Washington was considering extending this aid for ten years. The source said that US Ambassador Anne Patterson and her team had also arranged full briefings for Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani and his cabinet ministers. He said that briefing of the US top officials for the Prime Minister was expected in the next few days. Similarly, briefings are being given to the heads of all ruling coalition parties including Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) Quaid Nawaz Sharif and Awami National Party Chief Asfandyar Wali, the source said. On the request of US government Nawaz Sharif has directed PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif and Finance Minster Ishaq Dar to get a briefing from American diplomats, which would be arranged in the coming few days, the source said. He said that the PPP, PNL-N and ANP ministers had indicated to the Americans their eagerness to work with the United States while protecting Pakistan's sovereignty and national pride.