"We support the constitutional and electoral process in Pakistan, which elected Nawaz Sharif as the Prime Minister. That was a process they followed, an election they had, and we are focused on working with Pakistan," State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters.
"We do not support any extra-constitutional changes to that democratic system or people attempting to impose them," Harf said.
The protests against Sharif's government led by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leader Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Tahir ul-Qadri have virtually shut down Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, raising fears of unrest in the country with a history of military coups.
However, the protests remained peaceful yesterday as PAT and PTI delegations engaged in dialogue with the government to resolve the crisis.