Faryal Talpur

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Faryal Talpur
Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan
Assumed office
1 June 2013
Personal details
Born 1958 (age 58–59)[1]
Political party Pakistan Peoples Party
Parents Hakim Ali Zardari
Relatives Asif Zardari (brother)
Benazir Bhutto (sister-in-law)
Azra Peechoho (sister)

Faryal Talpur (Urdu: فریال تالپور‎; born c. 1958) is a Pakistani politician who is currently a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan since 2008, representing Larkana as a member of the Pakistan Peoples Party.

Early life[edit]

Talpur was born in 1958 to Hakim Ali Zardari.[1]

She belongs to Baloch family from Nawabshah, Sindh.[1] Faryal Talpur is the sister of Asif Zardari, the former President of Pakistan and sister-in-law of former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto.[1]

Political career[edit]

Talpur begun her political career in 1990s.[1]

She ran for the seat of National Assembly of Pakistan on Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) ticket from Nawabshah constituency (NA-160) in Pakistani general election, 1997 for the first time, but lost the election[1] to the Pakistan Muslim League (N).[2]

In 2001, she became the Nazim of district Nawabshah in local government elections. In 2005 local government elections, she was re-elected as the mayor of Nawabshah.[2][1]

After the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in 2007, she became legal guardian of children of Bhutto; Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari and Asifa Bhutto Zardari[2] and cusdotian of property of Bhutto in Larkana.[2][3]

In 2007, Talpur was considered to become a candidate of PPP for the post of President of Pakistan.[4]

Due to mayorship of Nawabshah, she was not given a ticket by PPP to run in Pakistani general election, 2008.[2] However later in by-elections, she was allotted a ticket by PPP to run for the seat of National Assembly home constituency of Bhutto in constituency NA-207 (Larkana-cum-Shikarpur-cum-Kambar Shahdadkot)[2] where election was postponed due to death of Bhutto. She won in the by-elections and became member of the National Assembly for the first time.[1][5]

She was the central president of the women wing of PPP[1] but reportedly she looked after almost all affairs of the PPP.[2]

Talpur is described as a tough[1] and stubborn women.[2]

According to a WikiLeaks diplomatic cables leak in 2009, fearing attempts on his life, then President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari told then US Ambassador to Pakistan Anne W. Patterson that in the event he was assassinated, he had instructed his son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to appoint Talpur as President of Pakistan.[1][6][7] The diplomatic cable also revealed the remarks by then Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani who said that Talpur would make a better president than Asif Ali Zardari.[1]

She was re-elected as the member of the National Assembly of the second time in Pakistani general election, 2013 from NA-207 Larkana constituency.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Faryal Talpur". DAWN.COM. 23 April 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Family business". DAWN.COM. 1 May 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Talpurs appointed custodians of Benazir's property". Daily Times. 1 September 2009. Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  4. ^ "Faryal Talpur 'likely PPP candidate'". DAWN.COM. 25 September 2007. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "PM felicitates Faryal Talpur on her unopposed election as MNA". Associated Press of Pakistan. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  6. ^ "WikiLeaks: Zardari and the 'backup plan' - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  7. ^ Walsh, Declan (30 November 2010). "Pakistan's president Asif Ali Zardari 'prepared for assassination'". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  8. ^ "Faryal Talpur wins vital NA seat". DAWN.COM. 12 May 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2017.