My Grandfather Abol Hassan Ispahani

My Grandfather Mirza Abol Hassan Ispahani –

Mirza Abol Hassan Ispahani (1902-1981) was a Pakistani legislator and diplomat. He belonged to a well-to-do family and was educated at St John’s College, Cambridge. He completed his Bar-at-Law in 1924 of the All India Muslim League held in Madras in April 1941. At the 29th session of Muslim League held in Allahabad in 1942 he moved the resolution which was passed, giving full powers toMuhammad Ali Jinnah “to take every step or action as he may consider necessary in furtherance of relating to the objects of the Muslim League as he deems proper”.

He became member of the Indian Constituent Assembly in 1946 and represented the Muslim League at the New York Herald Tribune Forum the same year.

After independence, he became Member Pakistan Constituent Assembly in 1947. Mr. Ispahani toured the United States as personal representative of Quaid-e-Azam and was ambassador to the United States from September 1947 to February 1952. He was Deputy Leader of Pakistan Delegation to UNO on Trade And Development in 1947. He was Vice Chairman Pakistan Delegation to U.N. Security Council on Kashmir issue and was High Commissioner to UK from 1952 to 1954. He was Federal Minister for Industries and Commerce from 1954 to 1955. He was an Ambassador to Afghanistan in 1973-74.

Ispahani died in 1981. He authored a number of books which include:

  • The case of Muslim India (1946)
  • 27 days in China (1960)
  • Leningrad to Samarkand (1962)
  • Qaid-e-Azam Jinnah, as I Knew Him (1967)

See also: Zaidi, Z. H., ed. M. A. Jinnah-Ispahani Correspondence, 1936-1948. Karachi: Forward publishing Trust, 1976.

During the 1990s Mirza Zia Ispahani, the youngest son of Mirza Abol Hassan Ispahani, served as Pakistan Ambassador in Switzerland and Italy.

My Grandfather Muhammad Abol Hassan Ispahani's Bbook on Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinah
My Grandfather Muhammad Abol Hassan Ispahani’s Bbook on Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinah


  1. I’m well good to know the family doubt you are so talented..would like to buy the books and read more..tx for sharing.

  2. Hi Ms. Farahnaz,

    Why don’t you write more on this blog? It would be nice to read personal interesting pieces from you.

  3. Ms Ispahani,

    Salam. Many thanks for writing on the glorious chapter of the history of our sub-continent.
    We graciously acknowledge Ispahani Sahib’s close association with the Quaid and his huge contribution towards the muslim cause during the Pakistan movement.
    Btw, I wonder whether 50s-60s, he served as the justice of East Pakistan high court and the president of Dacca Club during 50s-60s.
    Do you have any idea where I can find the book ‘The Jinnah-Ispahani Correspondences’?
    Do you have any plan to visit Dhaka, Ma’am?

    Bakhtiar Khalid

  4. Assalamualaikum dear sister mrs. Farhanaz ispahani,iam glad by Allahs grace, saw ur interview with Barkha Dutt(Ndtv24×7), mashaallah its fruitful one.

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