Zeenat Karzai: Former First Lady of Afghanistan is a Doctor

1 year ago / by Swarnendu Biswas
Zeenat Karzai

Zeenat Karzai is the wife of Hamid Karzai, a politician from Afghanistan. Hamid Karzai was the President of Afghanistan during 22nd December 2001 to 29th September 2014 and during that period Zeenat Karzai was the first lady of Afghanistan. Born in 1970, the age of Zeenat Karzai is 51-52 years.

While talking about Zeenat Karzai, it needs to be mentioned that being a former first lady of Afghanistan is not her only identity; she was also a professional gynaecologist.

Any serious biography of Zeenat Karzai should focus on the fact that before her marriage she used to work in hospitals in Pakistan where she treated many Afghan refugees. In 1993, she and her family escaped from the heat of the civil war in Afghanistan and moved to Quetta in Balochistan, Pakistan.

Daughter of a civil servant, Dr. Zeenat Karzai was born in Kandahar, Afghanistan, from where she finished her high school. Thereafter she moved to Kabul to do her higher education from Kabul University.

She and Hamid Karzai were married in 1999 and the couple have one son and three daughters.

President Hamid Karzai, who is projected as a supporter of women’s rights and has been credited for helping women of Afghanistan to regain their civil rights, received criticism during his Presidential tenure for being conservative with his wife and keeping his wife shielded.

Probably Karzai kept his wife out of media’s reach because of apprehension of backlash from religious leaders and other strong conservative sections of Afghanistan.


What is the educational qualification of her?

She is a gynaecologist by training.

Who is Zeenat Karzai’s husband?

She is the wife of Hamid Karzai, the former President of Afghanistan. She is also a distant relative of him.

When did she join politics?

She didn’t join active politics. Though married to a high-profile politician Zeenat Karzai was rarely seen in public during her tenure as the first lady of Afghanistan and was called the invisible first lady.