Sharmila Farooqi

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Sharmila Farooqi (Urdu: شرمیلا فاروقی ‎) (born January 25, 1978) is a politician from Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. who served as an advisor to the Chief Minister of Sindh from September 2008 till January 31,2011. Sharmila regularly appears on TV political news/talk/public affairs News channels to defend her party and government from corruption allegations.[1][2] She is the maternal granddaughter of N M Uqaili, former Pakistan Minister of Finance and daughter of Usman Farooqi, who was a bureaucrat and a former Chairman of Pakistan Steel Mill. Farooqi is the niece of Salman Farooqi, a well-known confidante of former President Asif Ali Zardari.[3] Farooqi earned her Master of Business Administration from the Adamson Institute of Business Administration and Technology, Karachi and a Master of Laws degree.[3] Sharmila Farooqi is engaged to Hasham Riaz Sheikh, a former Wall Street investment banker and presently an advisor to the former President Asif Ali Zardari.[4][5] Sharmila married Hasham Riaz Sheikh on March 5th, 2015.[6]

Prior joining politics as a Pakistan Peoples Party Leader, Sharmila has also worked for showbiz. She appeared in a Drama serial "Panchwa Mausam" along with Aijaz Aslam, Talat Hussain, Abdullah Kadwani and Gulab Chandio.[7][8]

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In 2001, Farooqi along with her father Usman Farooqi, a former chairman of Pakistan Steel Mills, embezzled Rs 195 billion ($1.95 billion) from Pakistan Steel Mills and Government of Pakistan through political corruption and fraud.[9] Anisa Farooqi, mother of Sharmila, entered into a plea bargain with the National Accountability Bureau on 28 April 2001 after being arrested with First Information Report (FIR) No. 19/96, and given into the custody of the Ehtesab Cell by the Special Judge, Central II, handling cases of top corrupt public servants like Usman Farooqi.[10][11][12] Sharmila Farooqi and her family was extensively investigated by officers of the National Accountability Bureau, Federal Investigation Agency and officials Karachi Electric Supply Corporation due to the non-payment of electricity bills worth Rs 1 million.[3]

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