Hashmat Karzai

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Hashmat Karzai
DiedJuly 29, 2014
Cause of deathSuicide bombing
ResidenceKandahar, Afghanistan
NationalityAfghan, American
OccupationBusinessman, political advisor
ChildrenSafiullah Karzai (son) 3 daughters
Parent(s)Khalil Karzai
RelativesHamid Karzai (cousin)

Hashmat Karzai was an Afghan-American businessman and political advisor.


Early life[edit]

Hashmat Khalil Karzai was born in Afghanistan.[1] He was a cousin of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.[2][3][4]


Karzai ran security and construction companies in Afghanistan.[2][3]

He was a powerbroker in the Kandahar Province and was seen as a tribal leader of the Popalzai, a Pashtun tribe.[3] He was a supporter of presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani.[3][1] Some sources go as far as to call him his "campaign manager."[2] Additionally, he held an American passport.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Karzai had a pet lion and smoked cigars.[2][4] He was called by many in Kandahar as the "Lion of Kandahar".[2][4]


Hashmat Karzai was killed by a suicide bomber at his private residence in Karz near Kandahar on July 29, 2014.[2][3][4][1]