Farzana Raja

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Farzana Raja
Farzana Raja 2011 Horasis Global Arab Business Meeting.jpg
Federal BISP Minister
In office
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf
Chairwoman of the Benazir Income Support Programme
In office
October, 2008 – 2013
Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan
In office
April, 2008 – 2013
Constituency Reserved seat for women
Personal details
Born (1970-01-02) 2 January 1970 (age 44)
Gujrat, Punjab, Pakistan
Political party Pakistan Peoples Party, PPPP

Farzana Raja (born January 2, 1970)[1] is a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan. She is Chairperson of Benazir Income Support Program (BISP), a program which aids impoverished families in Pakistan. Although Farzana Raja was born in Gujrat but she belongs to a Shia Muslim family of the Gujar Khan, a tehsil of Rawalpindi and Chak Rajgan is her village which is situated in Gujar Khan. She had married Pir Mukarram ul Haq from a well known political feudal family of Sindh. Later they divorced and Farzana Raja went on marrying Ammar Turabi the son of famous Shia Scholar Allamah Rasheed Turabi.[2]


Raja was born in Gujrat.[1] She earned a Bachelors of Arts degree from University of the Punjab.[1]

Political career[edit]

Farzana Raja is affiliated with the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). Farzana Raja has contested the election for the district Rawalpindi assembley in 1998 which she lost with wide margin. She was a member of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab from 2002–2007 in a reserved seat for women.[1]

In February, 2008, she was elected to the National Assembly in the Pakistani general election, 2008 to a reserve seat.[3]

In October 2008, she was appointed by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani to the position of Chairperson of the Benazir Income Support Program.[4] The BISP, named in honour of the late former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto[5] is a program which aims to offset the effects of inflation on the poorest people in Pakistan, including families headed by widowed or divorced women, or families with persons with disabilities or chronic disease.[6]

In June 2009 in her capacity as BISP Chairperson, she attended a ceremony that announced a financial package for the internally displaced who would receive a monthly grant of Rs1,000 as part of the BISP programme.[7]

In July 2009 she visited New York and met at the United Nations with representatives of the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Children's Fund, the United Nations Development Fund for Women and the World Bank.Whereas in 2012 she was appointed a Federal Minister in the Gillani cabinet and was later retained as Federal Minister without portfolio in charge of the Benazir Income Support Programme under Raja Pervez Ashraf's government.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d "Profile: Farzana Raja", Pakistan Herald, retrieved 2009-07-30 
  2. ^ http://www.chowk.com/ilogs/76402/47758
  3. ^ Jabbar, Qamar (2008-02-20), "PML-N obtains highest reserved seats for women", Daily Times, retrieved 2009-07-30 
  4. ^ "Farzana Raja Chairperson of BISP", PakTribune, 2008-10-15 
  5. ^ APP (2009-05-11), "Benazir Bhutto awarded ‘Best Mother’ by World Population Federation", Associated Press of Pakistan, retrieved 2009-07-30 
  6. ^ Benazir Income Support Program, retrieved 2009-07-30 
  7. ^ Zardari launches financial package for IDPs financial
  8. ^ "CHAIRPERSON BENAZIR INCOME SUPPORT PROGRAMME (BISP) MEETS UN OFFICIALS" (Press release). Pakistan Mission to UN. 2009-07-29. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 

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