Sharmila has emerged stronger from her time in jail when she and her mother were detained for nine months in 1998 and 2000 after her family was accused of corruption by the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.Her family was extensively investigated by officers of the NAB, FIA and harassed by officials at KESC (who would issue electricity bills worth Rs1 million) and other government departments during Nawaz Sharif's tenure in 1996-97.
Sharmila Farooqi is a Pakistani politician who served as advisor to the Chief Minister of Sindh from September 2008 - January 31, 2011. She is the maternal grand daughter of N M Uqaili and daughter of Usman Farooqi, who was a bureaucrat and former chairman of Pakistan Steel Mill. She is the niece of Salman Farooqi, a well-known confidante of President Asif Ali Zardari. Sharmila holds an MBA and a Master's degree in Law.