Sharmila Farooqi born July 23, 1980 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. 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.
Farooqi earned her Master of Business Administration from the Adamson Institute of Business Administration and Technology, Karachi and a Master of Laws degree. 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.Sharmila married Hasham Riaz Sheikh on March 5, 2015.
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.