Washington: A day after Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani warned that "conspiracies" are being hatched to "pack up" his government, US has said it supports democratic process in Pakistan.

"As we've always said, that we support the democratic process in Pakistan," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said, sending a signal to the army not to try another coup.

On Thursday, Gilani strongly criticised the army for failing to detect Osama bin Laden's presence in the country and said government firmly stood with the institutions and fully protected them after the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

"I want to make it clear today that there are intrigues and conspiracies going on and the conspiracy is to pack up the elected government. I want to tell them that whether we are in government or opposition or among the people, we will fight for the rights of the people of Pakistan," Gilani had said without naming those who were behind the conspiracies.

In an unprecedented tongue-lashing against the powerful military, the premier also said that it is "unacceptable" if the army "considers itself a State within State".

The US, Toner said, hopes the NATO supply routes would be reopened by Pakistan, which were closed by it in the aftermath of the November 26 incident in which 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed in a NATO cross fire. The crucial supply route has now been closed for nearly four weeks.

The Pentagon insists that this has so far had no impact on the operations inside Afghanistan nor resulted in any shortage inside this war torn country where more than 100,000 of troops are fighting the war against terrorism.

(Agencies)