Washington: The US has dismissed Pakistan
President Asif Ali Zardari`s claim that "tailor-made
democracies" are coming up in the Middle East, saying that
democratic movements in that region were indigenous and these
people were only demanding the rights denied to them.
"I don`t think anybody should question that these are
grass-roots, indigenous movements by people who have long
wanted more freedom than their government allowed, have wanted
what Pakistanis have, which is the right to elect their
government," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland
Nuland was responding to questions on the statement made
in this regard by Zardari on the death anniversary of his wife
and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.
In his speech, which was highly critical of the US,
Zardari alleged that the US was propping `tailor-made`
democracies in the Arab world to show that democracy
eventually would fail.
"I just haven`t seen it, so I`m not in a position to
comment directly on it," Nuland said but added that her
remarks were in general on the democracy movements in North
Africa and Middle East.