Farahnaz Isphahani was Born in 1963 and is the granddaughter of Pakistan's first ambassador to the United States, Mirza Abul Hassan Isphahani. Her uncle, Zia Isphahani has also served as a politician and former ambassador for Pakistan. Farahnaz was born in Karachi, and grew up in Karachi, Dhaka and London. She graduated from Wellesley College in Massachusetts, majoring in political science.
Farahnaz Isphahani spent two decades in journalism—both print and television—before entering into politics. She worked in broadcasting, working with MSNBC, CNN, (ABC) and (VOA) assisting in the launch of new programmes 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, Express Tribune and Daily Times.
Farahnaz Ispahani has worked for Pakistan Peoples Party in its media relations department under the Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. 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.
She was a member of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Information and Broadcasting and Youth Affairs, and the Human Rights Committee. In late May 2012, the Supreme Court suspended her National Assembly membership due to her dual possession of American nationality. Ms. Isphahani was also chosen by Foreign Policy as a Top 100 Global Thinker for 2012.
Farahnaz Isphahani is currently the Media Advisor to Co-Chairman PPP, President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari. She is also PPP International Media Coordinator and chairperson for Pakistan Peoples Party Scholars Wing. She is married to Hussain Haqqani, the former Pakistan Ambassador to the United States.