|Dr. Fahmida Mirza sometimes also spelled as Fehmida Mirza (born December 20, 1956),
Sheis a medical doctor, agriculturist and businesswoman from Hyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan.
Dr. Mirza graduated with a medical degree from Liaquat Medical College, Jamshoro, Sindh, in 1982 and did her house job (residency) in gynaecology and paediatrics.
Family & Personal life
Dr. Mirza is married to Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza, a close friend of Asif Ali Zardari, the co-chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party. Zulfikar Mirza is also currently a member of the Sindh Provincial Assembly and a Provincial Home Minister.
Fahmida Mirza hails from a Sindhi-speaking Muslim political family in Sindh, the Qazis of Sindh.
Qazi Abdul Qayyum
Her grandfather, Qazi Abdul Qayyum, was the first Muslim president of Hyderabad (Latifabad) Sindh Municipality.
Qazi Abdul Majeed Abid
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,Federal Minister for Water and Power.
Qazi Mohammad Akbar
Her Uncle, Qazi Mohammad Akbar, was also a long serving Provincial Minister in Sindh, including serving as Provincial Home Minister.
Qazi Asad Abid
Her brother, the renowned journalist, Qazi Asad Abid, are former Members of the National Assembly.
Pir Mazhar Ul Haq
She is the aunt of Pir Mazhar Ul Haq, a three time Provincial Sindh Minister and current member and leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party in the Sindh Provincial Assembly, who is related to the influential Sindhi political family through his mother. Pir Mazhar is currently the Senior Minister in the Sindh Cabinet with the portfolio of Education.
She was trained as a doctor at Liaquat Medical College, Jamshoro, Sindh, in 1982. Dr. Fahmida Mirza ran an advertising agency Informachine, later renamed Information Communication Limited (ICL).
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.
She has been elected to Parliament for three consecutive terms in 1997, 2002 and 2008 as MNA from Badin, in Sindh.
First female Speaker
She wass elected as the first female Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan on March 19, 2008.She is also the first female parliamentary speaker in the Muslim world.