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Dr. Zeenat Quraishi Karzai is the wife of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the First Lady of Afghanistan. Originally from the city of Kandahar, she moved to Kabul where she lives at the Presidential Palace with her husband and son.
Born in 1970 and raised in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, the daughter of a civil servant, Zenat Quraishi moved to Kabul after high school to attend Kabul University. She is an ethnic Pashtun. She delivered her third baby girl at the age of 44.
In 1993, she and her family escaped from the civil war to neighboring Quetta in Balochistan, Pakistan. She was a gynaecologist by profession, and has worked in hospitals treating Afghan refugees in Pakistan before she married Hamid Karzai.
She is a distant relative of the President and they have a son who was born in 2007, named Mirwais Karzai. Dr. Zeenat belongs to the Quraish family line and her husband Karzai is from the Popalzai tribe.
She has been in Kabul for more than seven years but she rarely ventures beyond the security layers of the presidential palace, which include four security checkpoints, two body searches and a secret code word. Although during her early years, before the 2004 presidential election, she used to go shopping alone. Most Afghans are not even aware that their president, Hamid Karzai, has been married since 1999.
For a president who has been credited for helping the women of Afghanistan regain their civil rights, Karzai has been criticized for being overly conservative with his own spouse. Many have accused Karzai of keeping the first lady out of the media’s reach over fears of criticism from conservative mullahs and religious leaders.
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