Farahnaz Ispahani

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Farahnaz Ispahani
Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan
In office
ConstituencyReserved seat for women
Personal details
NationalityPakistani, American
Spouse(s)Husain Haqqani
RelativesIspahani family

Farahnaz Ispahani (Urdu: فرح ناز اصفہانی‎) is a Pakistani American writer and politician who has served as member of the National Assembly of Pakistan from 2008 to 2012.

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Husain Haqqani[1] and the granddaughter of Abul Hassan Isphani.[1]

Professional career[edit]

As a journalist, she has worked with ABC News, CNN and MSNBC.[2]

She is a writer and authored Purifying the Land of the Pure: Pakistan’s Religious Minorities.[2]

In 2012, Ispahani was named one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy.[3][2] She was also named as Top 100 Women Who Matter the same year by Newsweek Pakistan.[2][4]

From 2013 to 2014, she served as a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.[2]

Political career[edit]

She was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan as a candidate of Pakistan Peoples Party on a seat reserved for women from Sindh in the Pakistani general election, 2008.[5][6] During her tenure as Member of the National Assembly, she served as Media Advisor to President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari[7] from 2008 until 2012[8][9] when her National Assembly membership was terminated on the basis of holding dual nationality.[6]


  1. ^ a b Richter, Paul (24 October 2008). "A Pakistani diplomat's delicate mission". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e Diplomat, Muhammad Akbar Notezai, The (10 March 2016). "Interview: Farahnaz Ispahani". The Diplomat. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  3. ^ "The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  4. ^ "100 Pakistani women who matter". The Nation. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Nov 17 by-election on vacant PA seats - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  6. ^ a b Ghumman, Khawar (22 June 2012). "Only 300 votes polled in house of 342". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Farahnaz says fled Pakistan for fear of kidnapping by ISI". DAWN.COM. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  8. ^ Daniyal, Shoaib. "Minorities are invisible in Pakistan: writer Farahnaz Ispahani". Scroll.in. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Farahnaz Ispahani". Wilson Center. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2017.