In a striking development, a Dutch educational institution has decided to feature Asif Ali Zardari, the co-chairman of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and erstwhile president of Pakistan, in its textbooks, alluding to his purported involvement in corrupt activities.
The image of Zardari, which can now be found within a Dutch textbook, has rapidly gained traction on various social media platforms. Accompanied by the caption “Ex-Pakistani president, ‘Mr. 10%,’ incarcerated due to corruption,” the school’s website displays a photograph of Asif Ali Zardari.
Seemingly part of a comprehension examination, the website includes text that emphasizes Zardari’s apprehension in relation to a money laundering case. Moreover, the website refers to Nawaz Sharif, the former prime minister of Pakistan, who faced disqualification due to corruption allegations.
Pictures of the textbook have been disseminated widely on social media, prompting users to label the situation as a disgrace for Pakistan. In response, netizens have implored the Netherlands Ambassador to Pakistan to acknowledge the image.
Geo News reports that the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science has verified the online photo’s origins, confirming it as part of a four-year secondary vocational education program in the nation.
A Google translation of the chapter indicates that Zardari, Pakistan’s former president, was arrested for corruption, and both he and his sister are accused of money laundering.
The chapter further reads that Zardari has served time in prison and is known as ‘Mister 10 percent’ because of the payments he collected on government contracts.
Besides Asif Ali Zardari, the three-time former prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif has also been mentioned in the article.
“Zardari is not the only former government leader to be convicted,” the article reads, “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was ousted in 2017, last year he was sentenced to seven years in prison for corruption.”