Fahmida Mirza

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Fahmida Mirza
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Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination
Assumed office
20 August 2018
PresidentMamnoon Hussain
Arif Alvi
Prime MinisterImran Khan
Preceded byMuhammad Azam Khan (caretaker)
Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan
Assumed office
13 August 2018
ConstituencyNA-230 (Badin-II)
In office
18 November 2002 – 31 May 2018
ConstituencyNA-225 (Badin-II)
In office
14 February 1997 – 12 October 1999
ConstituencyNA-173 (Badin-II)
18th Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan
In office
19 March 2008 – 3 June 2013
DeputyFaisal Karim Kundi
Preceded byChaudhry Amir Hussain
Succeeded bySardar Ayaz Sadiq
Personal details
Born (1956-12-20) 20 December 1956 (age 62)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Spouse(s)Zulfiqar Mirza
RelationsZafar Hussain Mirza (father-in-law)
ChildrenHasnain Mirza (son)
FatherQazi Abdul Majeed Abid
Alma materLiaquat University

Fahmida Mirza (Urdu: فہمیدہ مرزا‎; born 20 December 1956) is a Pakistani politician who is the current Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination, in office since 20 August 2018. She has been a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan since August 2018.

Previously, she was a member of the National Assembly from 1997 to 1999 and again from 2002 to May 2018. She served as the 18th and only women Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan from March 2008 to June 2013.

Early life and education[edit]

Mirza was born on 20 December 1956[1][2] in Karachi to Qazi Abdul Majeed Abid.[3] She belongs to an influential political family of Sindh.[4] Mirza is married to Zulfiqar Mirza.[4] She has two sons and two daughters.[3]

Mirza did her schooling from St Mary's Convent in Hyderabad in 1972.[4] She is a medical graduate[5] and did her MBBS from Liaquat Medical College in Jamshoro in 1982.[3][4] She is an agriculturist and businesswoman by profession.[3][5] She was chief executive of a Karachi-based advertising company[6] and the chief executive officer of the Mirza Sugar Mills.[4]

Political career[edit]

Mirza joined Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in 1997[6] and was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan as a candidate of PPP from Constituency NA-173 (Badin-II) in Pakistani general election, 1997.[4][7][8]

She was re-elected to the National Assembly as a candidate of PPP from Constituency NA-225 (Badin-II) in Pakistani general election, 2002.[4][7] She received 71,537 votes and defeated Khan Mohammad Halipota, a candidate of Pakistan Muslim League (Q) (PML-Q).[9]

She was re-elected to the National Assembly as a candidate of PPP from Constituency NA-225 (Badin-cum-Tando Muhammad Khan-II) in Pakistani general election, 2008.[4] She received 88,983 votes and defeated Bibi Yasmeen Shah, a candidate of PML-Q.[10]

In March 2008, she was elected as the 18th and first women Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan.[6][11] She received 249 votes and defeated her opponent Muhammad Israr Tareen who secured 70 votes.[12]

She was re-elected to the National Assembly as a candidate of PPP from Constituency (Badin-cum-Tando Muhammad Khan-II) in Pakistani general election, 2013.[13][14] She received 110,738 votes and defeated Bibi Yasmeen Shah, a candidate of Pakistan Muslim League (F) (PML-F).[15]

In May 2018, she quit PPP, saying that "the PPP government caused deteriorating conditions in Sindh and ignored the people of Badin". She announced to join a party which providing basic facilities to the people of her constituency, Badin.[16] In June 2018, she joined Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA).[17]

In June 2018, both Mirza and her husband Zulfiqar Mirza were declared loan defaulters by the State Bank of Pakistan. It was noted that the couple used political influence to obtain millions of loans from different banks which were later written-off.[18]

She was re-elected to the National Assembly as a candidate of GDA from Constituency NA-230 (Badin-II) in Pakistani general election, 2018.[19]

On 18 August, Imran Khan formally announced his federal cabinet structure and Mirza was named as Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination.[20] On 20 August 2018, she was sworn in as Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination in the federal cabinet of Prime Minister Imran Khan.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "If elections are held on time…". www.thenews.com.pk. 31 December 2012. Archived from the original on 12 September 2017. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Detail Information". 21 April 2014. Archived from the original on 21 April 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ a b c d "Sindhi speaker seals fate of Fahim". www.thenews.com.pk. 19 March 2008. Archived from the original on 22 August 2017. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Wasim, Amir (19 March 2008). "First 'madam speaker' takes oath today". DAWN.COM. Archived from the original on 22 August 2017. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  5. ^ a b Wasim, Amir (18 March 2008). "PPP names Fahmida for post of NA speaker". DAWN.COM. Archived from the original on 22 August 2017. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "A glance at Sindh's female election hopefuls". DAWN.COM. 7 May 2013. Archived from the original on 4 March 2017. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  7. ^ a b Newspaper, From the (21 October 2011). "Seat vacated by Mirza a tough call for Zardari". DAWN.COM. Archived from the original on 22 August 2017. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  8. ^ "11th National Assembly" (PDF). National Assembly of Pakistan. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2017-02-09. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  9. ^ "2002 election result - NA" (PDF). ECP. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2018-01-22. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  10. ^ "2008 election result" (PDF). ECP. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2018-01-05. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Woman elected Pakistani speaker". news.bbc.co.uk. Archived from the original on 25 February 2017. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  12. ^ Asghar, Raja (20 March 2008). "NA elects first woman speaker by two-thirds majority". DAWN.COM. Archived from the original on 2017-12-14. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Pakistan General Elections 2013 – Detailed results". DAWN.COM. 12 May 2013. Archived from the original on 3 March 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  14. ^ "Dr Fehmida Mirza wins from Badin's NA-225". DAWN.COM. 11 May 2013. Archived from the original on 22 August 2017. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  15. ^ "2013 election result" (PDF). ECP. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2018-02-01. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  16. ^ "Dr Fehmida Mirza leaves PPP". www.pakistantoday.com.pk. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  17. ^ "Fehmida, Zulfiqar Mirza join Grand Democratic Alliance, slam PPP - Daily Times". Daily Times. 3 June 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-07-27. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  18. ^ "Dr Mirza, wife declared loan defaulter by State Bank - The Frontier Post". The Frontier Post. 26 June 2018. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  19. ^ "GDA's Fehmida Mirza wins NA-230 election". Associated Press Of Pakistan. 26 July 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-08-03. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  20. ^ "PM Imran Khan finalises names of 21-member cabinet". DAWN.COM. 18 August 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-08-18. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  21. ^ "16 ministers from PM Imran Khan's cabinet sworn in". DAWN.COM. 20 August 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-08-20. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Chaudhry Amir Hussain
Speaker of the National Assembly
2008–2013
Succeeded by
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq