|Spokesperson for the President of Pakistan|
|President||Asif Ali Zardari|
|Prime Minister||Yousaf Raza Gillani|
|Preceded by||Major-General Rashid Qureshi|
|Majority||Pakistan People's Party|
|Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan|
19 March 2008 – 25 May 2012
|Political party||Pakistan People's Party (PPP)|
|Residence||Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory|
|Alma mater||Wellesley College
|Profession||Media administrator and political scientist|
|Committees||Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Information and Broadcasting and Youth Affairs, and Human Rights Committee|
Farahnaz Ispahani (Urdu: فرحناز اصفهانی) is a Pakistani journalist, politician, and policy analyst. She is currently a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center. Previously, she served as a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan and Media Advisor to the President of Pakistan from 2008 until 2012. She is married to Husain Haqqani, the former Pakistan Ambassador to the United States, and is the granddaughter of Pakistan's first ambassador to the United States, Mirza Abol Hassan Ispahani. Ispahani was born in Karachi, and grew up in Karachi, Dhaka and London. She graduated from Wellesley College in Massachusetts, majoring in political science. In 2012, Ispahani was named one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine.
Ispahani spent two decades in journalism—both print and television—before entering politics. She worked in broadcasting, working with MSNBC, CNN, (ABC) and (VOA) assisting in the launch of new programs including CNN's Paula Zahn Now and Anderson Cooper 360°. In addition, she served as the Managing Editor and Executive Producer for the Voice of America Urdu language television program Beyond the Headlines. She served as Editor Special Reports for the leading Pakistani news magazine The Herald, and was the Editor of Zameen, a magazine oriented toward Pakistanis living abroad. She is a regular contributor in The News, Pakistan's second largest English-language newspaper, Express Tribune and Daily Times.
In 2008, Farahnaz Ispahani joined the National Assembly of Pakistan as a Member from the Pakistan Peoples Party, representing the Sindh province,. She was a member of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Information and Broadcasting, and the Human Rights Committee as well as Media Advisor to President Asif Ali Zardari. In May 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan suspended her National Assembly membership due to her dual possession of American nationality.
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- Farahnaz Ispahani at Twitter