Farahnaz Ispahani

Spokesperson, for the president of Pakistan

Farahnaz Ispahani

Born in 1963, Farahnaz Ispahani’ is an elected member of national assembly, a spokesperson for the president of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, and wife of Husain Haqqani, former Pakistani ambassador to the United States. She is the granddaughter of Pakistan’s first ambassador to the United States, Mirza Abol Hassan Ispahani. Her uncle, Zia Ispahani has also served as a politician and former ambassador for Pakistan. Ispahani was born in Karachi, and grew up in Karachi, Dhaka and London. She graduated from Wellesley College in Massachusetts, majoring in Political Science.
Pre-Parliamentary Career
Ispahani spend 2 decades in journalism – both print and television before joining 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.
Political Career
In 2006, Ispahani began working for the Pakistan Peoples Party under then-chair Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in its media relations department.

In early 2008, she took a reserved seat for women in Pakistan’s parliament as a member from the Pakistan Peoples Party, representing the Sindh province, and also serving as a spokesperson for President Zardari. She is a member of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Information and Broadcasting and Youth Affairs.

Farahnaz Ispahani is a member of Pakistan’s parliament of Pakistan Peoples Party, a spokesperson for the president of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, and wife of Husain Haqqani, the current Pakistani ambassador to the United States. She is the granddaughter of Pakistan’s first ambassador to the United States,Mirza Abol Hassan Ispahani. Her uncle, Zia Ispahani has also served as a politician and former ambassador for Pakistan. Ispahani was born in Karachi, and grew up in Karachi, Dhaka and London. She graduated from Wellesley College in Massachusetts, majoring in political science.

Farahnaz Ispahani began working for the Pakistan Peoples Party under then-Chair Former Pakistani Prime Minister Shaheed Benazir Bhutto in its media relations department.

She is Pakistan National Assembly’s Member of Standing Committee on Human Rights, Foreign Affairs, Information and Broadcasting.

 

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