Abdul Ahad Karzai

Abdul Ahad Karzai (1922 – 14 July 1999) was an Afghan politician, who served as the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Afghanistan under King Zahir Shah in the 1960s.[1] He was the son of Khair Mohammad Khan and brother of Habibullah and Azizullah Karzai. His sons are the former Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his brothers Ahmed Wali, Mahmud and Qayum. He is also uncle of Hekmat Karzai. As head of the Popalzai Pashtun tribe, Abdul Ahad Karzai moved with his family from Kandahar to the capital Kabul upon his election to the Parliament.[2] He criticised the communist government in Afghanistan and was imprisoned for three years, at which point his family's properties were confiscated.[3]

On 14 July 1999, when the Taliban government was in power, Abdul Ahad Karzai was assassinated by two Taliban gunmen on a motorcycle outside the house of a relatives house Quetta, Pakistan. The shot not only killed Karzai but also his relative Baz, who comes from one of the richest families in Afghanistan. Karzai was at their house eating breakfast when they both lost their life. He was 77 years old when he died and his son Hamid Karzai took over the leadership and responsibilities of the Popalzai tribe. The Karzai family were living as Afghan refugees in neighboring Pakistan from where Hamid Karzai organized the tribe's affairs.

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  1. ^ Applebaum, Anne. "Pashtun Comes To Shove". Slate. 11 December 2001.
  2. ^ "President Hamid Karzai Archived 29 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine". The Embassy of Afghanistan, Washington DC.
  3. ^ Clines, Francis X. "A nation challenged: The family; For Afghan leader, American support of another sort". The New York Times. 17 December 2001.