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Khizr Khan was born in 1950, the eldest of ten children, to poultry farming parents in Gujranwala, a city in Pakistan’s Punjab Province. Ghazala is also from Punjab, born in 1951 in Faisalabad. The couple met while attending the University of Punjab, where Ghazala studied Persian and Khizr pursued an LL.B. in the Law College. Khizr passed the Punjab bar in 1974. Once married, the couple moved to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to earn money to move to the United States. Two of their sons, Shaharyar and Humayun, were born in Dubai.
They moved from the UAE to the United States in 1980, first to Houston, Texas. Khizr mentioned in 1983 that he received an LL.M. from University of Missouri Law School in 1982.
Later they moved to Massachusetts, where Khizr earned an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School, graduating in 1986. They became American citizens the same year. Khizr, Ghazala, and their two sons then moved to Silver Spring, Maryland, where their third son, Omer, was born.
Khizr went on to work at the Washington, D.C., office of the law firm of Hogan & Hartson, one of the largest lobbying firms in the United States, where he was employed as the firm’s manager of litigation technology from 2000 to 2007.
In 2008, the Khans participated in an HBO documentary, Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery, featuring visitors to the section of Arlington National Cemetery where their son, and many other United States military personnel who died in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, are buried.