Introduction

Dr. Fahmida Mirza was 18th Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan. She was the first woman to hold the office to date, and is widely regarded as the highest ranking female politician in the history of Pakistan.

Dr. Fahmida Mirza


Professional Achievements

Dr. Fahmida Mirza was 18th Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan. She was the first woman to hold the office to date, and is widely regarded as the highest ranking female politician in the history of Pakistan.

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.

Fahmida Mirza is the aunt of Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq, a three times Provincial Sindh Minister and current member and leader of the Pakistan People’s 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.

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 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.

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.