Zalmai Rasool was born 11 May, 1943, in Kabul, Afghanistan, to Abdu’l Qayyum Khan Sarkar and his wife Farukh Begum, daughter of Emir Habibullah Khan. Amānullāh Khān, the King of Aghanistan 1909-1929, was his uncle. He is an Afghan politician who served as Foreign Minister of Afghanistan from January 2010 to October 2013. He previously served as National Security Advisor beginning in June 2002. He has accompanied Afghan President Hamid Karzai on all official visits since the establishment of the Interim Administration in 2001. He resigned as Foreign Minister on 5 October 2013 to stand as a candidate in the 2014 presidential election, which he lost.