WASHINGTON The United States is very carefully watching the unfolding major political drama in Pakistan after the Supreme Court struck down an amnesty shielding President Asif Ali Zardari and other politicians, a senior American diplomat says. But, US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke said, so far it has had no effect on our national security interests, but its something that were watching very carefully. Discussing on a television programme the measures taken by the United Sates to boost its fight against militants in the Pak-Afghan region, he said forging cooperation with Pakistan was complicated, but it has been a very complicated year in Pakistan. And even as we talk, theres a major political drama unfolding in Islamabad right now. He said that the crisis in Pakistan involved various branches of the government and individuals. How its going to come out remains to be seen, Holbrooke said on PBS programme: Charlie Rose Show. State Department Meanwhile, the US State Department said that any fallout from the striking down of the National Reconciliation Ordinance is Pakistans internal matter and Washington will not try to get in the middle of it. This is really an internal matter for the Pakistani government, said Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Philip Crowley. He was replying to a question about the political developments in Pakistan following the recent the Supreme Court order verdict declaring the NRO unconstitutional that has led to reopening of several cases against some of the beneficiaries. Its not for us to try to get in the middle of that. What is important is that the Pakistani government and its leadership be seen as legitimate in the eyes of the Pakistani people. You know, there was an election in Pakistan, Crowley said. President Zardari came to office through a legitimate parliamentary process. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was elected by Pakistani people. If there is a legal judgement that changes the status of the government, that is really an internal matter for Pakistan, he asserted. He, however, said the Obama administration would continue to work to try to help build up the capacity of the government of Pakistan to meet the needs of its own people. Last week, we sent up the first report on our civilian assistance programmes under Kerry-Lugar-Berman (law on non-military aid to Pakistan). As to what is happening with the President, other ministers, this is an internal matter, Crowley said. US 'Much More Popular In the course of the discussion on the PBS programme, Holbrooke claimed that US was now much more popular in Pakistan. The diplomat was also asked to comment on press reports about the bad blood between the Pakistanis and the United States. It is true that when we took office Americas (popularity in) Pakistan was at a very low point. Thats also true, and that was also true in other countries like Turkey, other countries that where this issue arose. Question: But are we popular now? Holbrooke: We are much more popular. The numbers have gone well up, and Secretary Clintons trip had an immediate effect on public opinion. Are we where we should be? No. Are we getting better? Yes. Are we strengthening our public diplomacy, our public affairs programs? We have to, and were doing that. And there will be a continuous stream of visitors to the region next year... And we are going to continue to work closely with Pakistan. It isnt easy but I need to stress for you and your viewers that it is essential to our national security.