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Pakistani court issues arrest warrants for wife of Husain Haqqani

F.P. Report

KARACHI: A local court in seaside Pakistani metropolis of Karachi issued arrest warrants for Farah Naz Ispahani, a former lawmaker and wife of former Ambassador to Washington Hussain Haqqani, here on Saturday.

Session district judge south issued the arrest warrants against Haqqani’s wife for keeping her dual nationality secret before becoming national assembly member from the southern Sindh province on reserved seat.

The court also issued arrest warrants against Nadia Gabol, another Pakistan Peoples Party leader, who previously elected as member provincial assembly on reserved seat from Muttahida Qaumi Movement.

Session judge south heard the application, seeking initiation of criminal action against the both former lady lawmakers. The lawyer of Farahnaz Isfahani pleaded that her client was out of country for medical treatment so she should be given immunity from appearing before the court.

The judge, however, rejected the plea and ordered police to arrest Gabol and Ispahani and produced both on September 1, the next hearing, before the court.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has already rejected the pleas of both female leaders in dual citizen case.

It’s pertinent to mention that Farah Naz Ispahani holds US nationality whereas Nadia Gabol is a Canadian citizen.

Farahnaz Isfahan is wife of Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s former ambassador to Washington, who is wanted by court in the memo gate scandal.

Ispahani was born in Karachi, and grew up in seaside metropolis, Dhaka and London. She graduated from Wellesley College in Massachusetts, majoring in political science.

She is the granddaughter of Pakistan’s first ambassador to the United States, Mirza Abol Hassan Ispahani.

In 2008, Farahnaz Ispahani joined the National Assembly of Pakistan as a Member from the Pakistan Peoples Party, representing the Sindh province in the reserved seats for women.

She was a member of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Information and Broadcasting, and the Human Rights Committee as well as Media Adviser to President Asif Ali Zardari.

In May 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan suspended her National Assembly membership due to her dual possession of American nationality.

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