Asif Zardari, Nawaz Sharif get Dutch recognition

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Former president Asif Ali Zardari and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif have made to a Dutch textbook for schoolchildren. The reason for their global recognition is their controversial past practices.

Recently, a picture of a chapter from a textbook in the Netherlands featuring former Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari has been shared on social media. The chapter is about the alleged corruption by Zardari and bears the headline “Former Pakistani president, ‘Mister 10 per cent’ arrested for corruption.

A tweet features a picture of a chapter from a textbook with the headline: “Former Pakistani president, ‘Mister 10 per cent’ arrested for corruption.” Under the headline is a photo of Pakistan’s former president Zardari.

“The Netherlands’ Ministry of Education, Culture and Science confirmed that the chapter is from an old textbook for a four-year secondary vocational education program in the country, and is being reviewed for a new edition to be rolled out next year.

Another Twitter account shared the same picture with the text: “Mr. Ten per cent Zardari makes it to the Dutch school books, Lessons in corruption, a proud moment for PPP.”

The chapter discusses the arrest of Zardari for corruption and his suspected money laundering activities, and also mentions former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s conviction for corruption. It concludes by asking students to write why Zardari is called “Mr 10%”. The ministry spokesperson said that discussing news items of all sorts in classrooms is normal, especially in subjects such as citizenship and social sciences. The responsibility for the content of the books lies with the publishers, not the Dutch government.

According to the article, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was also convicted, along with Zardari. The chapter then prompts students to explain the reason behind Zardari’s nickname, “Mr. 10%.”