In The Kite Runner, who is the king's cousin and what did he do and why?
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While Afghanistan's King Mohammed Zahir Shah (1914-2007) was in Italy having eye surgery, his first cousin, Mohammed Daoud Khan (1909-1978) successfully initiated a bloodless coup d'etat on July 18, 1973. Rather than risk a civil war, Zahir Shah abdicated his throne, beginning 29 years of exile in a small village just north of Rome. Daoud Khan established himself as President (rather than king, or shah) of the new republic of Afghanistan, serving for five years until he was assassinated as a prelude to the Russian-led communist takeover of his nation. Daoud Khan had previously served his cousin as the Prime Minister of Afghanistan for a decade (1953-1963). Zahir Shah returned to Afghanistan in 2002 following the NATO-led ouster of the Taliban. Still revered by the people of Afghanistan, he was prepared to lead his nation once again, but bowed to the power of the United States, who backed Hamid Karzai for president. Zahir Shah graciously stepped aside, and he was bestowed with the honorary title "Father of the Nation."
Was zahir shah the one who kill Aili's parents?
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