In March 2008, Fahmida Mirza became the first female National Assembly speaker in Pakistan’s 60-year history with the support of the Pakistan Peoples Party, the party of assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.A longtime politician, Fahmida Mirza first ran for public office in 1997. She has served three terms in parliament, winning the National Assembly seat in 1997, 2002 and 2008. Mirza represents Sindh, the home province of Pakistan’s first female prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated in 2007. She is married to Zulfiqar Ali Mirza, a close friend of Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of Bhutto and Bhutto’s successor as head of the PPP.
|Name:||Dr. Fahmida Mirza|
|In Urdu:||فہمیدہ مرزا ڈاکٹر|
|Native Name:||Fahmida Mirza|
|Residence:||Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan|
|Alma mater :||Liaquat University|
|Profession:||Politician & Business Woman|
|Height:||5 ft 9 in (1.7 m)|
|Permanent Address :||38-I, St.23, Khayaban-e-Mujahid Phase-V, Defence Housing Authority, Karachi.|
|Local Address :||H #-28, Minister’s Enclave, Ibd.|
|Fax :||021-5840509, 051-9212692|
|Date:||20 December 1956|
|Place:||Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan|
|Children:||Hasnain Mirza (son)|
|Parents:||Qazi Abdul Majeed Abid (father)|
|Relatives:||Zafar Hussain Mirza (father-in-law)|
|Political Party:||Pakistan Peoples Party|
|Member of the National Assembly|
|Constituency:||NA-225(BADIN-CUM-TANDO MUHAMMAD KHAN-II(OLD BADIN-II))|
|Role:||18th Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan|
|Deputy:||Faisal Karim Kundi|
|Preceded by :||Chaudhry Amir Hussain|
|Succeeded by :||Sardar Ayaz Sadiq|
|Assumed office:||19 March 2008 – 3 June 2013|
|Role:||Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan|
|Dates:||18 November 2002|
|In Office 2|
|Role:||Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan|
|Dates:||14 February 1997 – 12 October 1999|
A senior and influential member of Central Executive Committee of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Fahmida Mirza hails from an influential Sindhi-speaking Muslim political family in Sindh, the Mughal Qazis of Sindh. Her grandfather, Qazi Abdul Qayyum, was the first Muslim president of Hyderabad (Latifabad) Sindh Municipality. Her father, Qazi Abdul Majeed Abid (Qazi Abid) held different ministries in the provincial (Sindh) and federal cabinets from 1982 to 1990 including Provincial Minister for Communication, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture, Federal Minister for Education, and Federal Minister for Water and Power. Her Uncle, Qazi Mohammad Akbar, was also a long serving Provincial Minister in Sindh, including serving as Provincial Home Minister.
Early Life Education
Fahmida Mirza graduated from Liaquat Medical College, Jamshoro, Sindh, in 1982 and did her house job in gynaecology and paediatrics. Before entering in national politics, Fehmida Mirza had been one of the successful Business Woman and leading chief executive of her advertising company Informachine, later renamed Information Communication Limited (ICL) based in Karachi, which focused on agriculture development in the country.
Joining the Peoples Party
Joining the Peoples Party in 1997, her political philosophy reflected democratic socialism and since then, she’s been a potent force behind the left-wing politics in Pakistan. In 1997 she contested elections successfully from her husband’s former constituency of Badin, Sindh, and has continued to be a parliamentarian since then. She is one of the few women elected from a non-reserved constituency.
Tenure of Fahmida Mirza
Fahmida Mirza defeated opponent Israr Tareen with 249 votes in the 342-seat lower house of Pakistan’s parliament. She ran as a joint candidate of the PPP; the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), led by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif; the Awami National Party (ANP) and other parties. Tareen, who is a supporter of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf , ran with the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q). Mirza is one of few women to win a general position, rather than one reserved for female politicians; 20 percent of the seats in the National Assembly are allocated for women.
“This is my third tenure in the national assembly and I believe it is time that we all work together to address the challenges facing the country,” Mirza said before the election, according to Al Jazeera. The newspaper called her election “largely a formality” after her nomination by the PPP, as it has the most seats in the assembly. “I am sure we will be able to face these challenges with the support of parliamentarians, our people and Pakistani media,” Mirza said.
More Imformation About Fahmida Mirza
Times of London
The Times of London, which described Mirza as bearing “a striking resemblance to Benazir Bhutto,” reported that she said, “I am honoured and humbled … This chair carries a big responsibility. I am feeling that responsibility today and will, God willing, come up to expectations.” As speaker, Mirza oversees the parliament’s proceedings and determines which debates or motions will be allowed on the floor. “The election of Fahmida Mirza as speaker will be a big step towards the empowerment of women in Pakistan,” said PPP leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi, according to the Hindustan Times.
Dr. Mirza is married to Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza, a close friend of Asif Ali Zardari, the co-chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party. Both her husband and her brother, journalist, Qazi Asad Abid, are former Members of the National Assembly. Zulfikar Mirza is also currently a member of the Sindh Provincial Assembly and was former Provincial Home Minister.
Winner of NA 230 Badin
Fahmida Mirza who was a member of Pakistan Peoples party since 1997 joined PTI in 2018 and contested the elections from constituency NA 230 Badin and gave defeat to her opponent Abdul Qadir Gillani. On 18th August 2018 Imran Khan appointed her as a Minister of Inter Provincial Coordination so now from onwards she is the head of Interprovincial coordination.