About Dr Zeenat Quraishi Karzai
Dr Zeenat Quraishi Karzai is the wife of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the First Lady of Afghanistan. She is an ethnic Pashtun. Originally from the city of Kandahar, she moved to Kabul where she lives at the Presidential Palace with her husband and son.
Born and raised in the southern city of Kandahar, the daughter of a civil servant, Zenat Quraishi moved to Kabul after high school to attend Kabul University.
In 1993, she and her family fled from the civil war to Quetta, 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 Zenat belongs to the Quraish family line and her husband Karzai is from the Popalzai tribe.