Education and Early Years: Karzai attended Habibia High School in Kabul, one of the oldest and most prestigious schools in Afghanistan. He later pursued higher education in India, where he attended Himachal Pradesh University, earning a Master’s degree in Political Science. During his time in India, Karzai became fluent in several languages, including English, which would later serve him well in his political career.

Early Political Involvement: Karzai’s political career began in the 1980s when he joined the Mujahideen movement, fighting against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. He played a diplomatic role, garnering support for the Mujahideen from various countries. After the Soviets withdrew in 1989, Karzai served in the government of President Burhanuddin Rabbani as Deputy Foreign Minister. However, he became disillusioned with the government’s internal conflicts and corruption.

Rise to Power: Following the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, which toppled the Taliban regime, Karzai was chosen as the chairman of the interim administration at the Bonn Conference. He was later elected as the interim president by a loya jirga (grand assembly) in 2002. Karzai’s ability to unite various Afghan factions and his diplomatic skills earned him widespread support.

Presidency and Achievements: In 2004, Karzai was elected as the first democratically elected President of Afghanistan. His presidency focused on rebuilding the country’s infrastructure, establishing democratic institutions, and fostering international relations. He was re-elected in 2009, although the election was marred by allegations of fraud.

Karzai’s tenure saw significant improvements in education, healthcare, and women’s rights, but it was also plagued by persistent issues such as corruption, insecurity, and the resurgence of the Taliban. Despite these challenges, he remained a key figure in Afghan politics.

Post-Presidency: After leaving office in 2014, Karzai continued to be an influential voice in Afghan politics. He has been involved in various diplomatic efforts, including peace talks with the Taliban. Karzai’s stance has often been critical of U.S. policies in Afghanistan, advocating for a more independent Afghan policy.

Real Name: Hamid Karzai

Date of Birth: December 24, 1957

Birth Place: Kandahar, Afghanistan

Residence: Kabul, Afghanistan

Profession: Politician

Nationality: Afghan

Religion: Islam (Sunni Muslim)

Partner: Dr. Zinat Quraishi Karzai

Father: Abdul Ahad Karzai

Mother: Khairiya Karzai

Horoscope: Capricorn

Age: 66 years old (as of 2024)

Height: 173 cm

Body Type: Average

Eye Color: Brown

Hair Color: Black (graying)