Imthiaz Bakeer Markar

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Imthiaz Bakeer Markar
Chairman of the National Media Centre
Assumed office
20 September 2016
Minister of Media, Postal and Telecommunications
In office
State Minister of Housing
In office
Member of Parliament
for Kalutara District
In office
Personal details
Born (1953-08-08) 8 August 1953 (age 66)
Beruwala, Ceylon
NationalitySri Lankan
Political partyUnited National Party
ChildrenAsaf, Azam, Fadhil, Adhil, Insaf
Alma materHoly Cross College, Kalutara
Zahira College, Gampola
Ananda College
University of Kelaniya
Sri Lanka Law College

Imthiaz Bakeer Markar (born 8 August 1953) is a Sri Lankan politician. He is the current Chairman of the National Media Centre[1] and former Cabinet Minister of Media, Postal and Telecommunications from 2001 to 2004 and State Minister of Housing from 1989 to 1993. He was also a member of the parliament from the Kalutara District from 1989 to 2004. Bakeer Markar is a former Vice President of the United National Party (UNP).[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Born in Beruwala on 8 August 1953, his father was M. A. Bakeer Markar, who was a former Parliamentary Speaker and a former Governor of the Southern Province. His ancestry can be traced to Sheik Jamaluddeen-Al-Maghdoomi, Arab settler who settled down in Beruwala.[4] His grandfather Hakeem Alia Marikkar belonged to a family of physicians, whose ancestors were physicians.

He was educated at Holy Cross College, Kalutara, Zahira College, Gampola before completing his secondary education at Ananda College, Colombo. He graduated from the University of Kelaniya with a BSc in Mass Communication and he completed the law exams at the Sri Lanka Law College taking oaths as an Attorney-at-Law in 1981.

Political career[edit]

In 1981 he became the Deputy Chairman on the Kalutara District Development Council, a position he retained until he was elected to the Sri Lankan Parliament as the Member for the Kalutara District in 1988.[5] He served as the Minister of State for Housing between 1989 and 1993[6] and as the Minister of Media,[7] Posts[8] and Telecommunication[9] in the Cabinet of the 12th Sri Lankan Parliament between 2001 and 2004. Markar did not contest the 2004 parliamentary elections.[10]


Markar married ARL Ummu Fareeda in 1981 and they have five children Asaf, Azam, Fadhil, Adhil and Insaf.


  • Imthiaz, Bakeer Markar (2008). Mage Hade Gasma (My Heartbeat) - Collection of Parliamentary Speeches. Buddhi Prakashakayo.
  • Imthiaz Bakeer Markar (2009). Maa akamethiva siti JR. J.R. Jayawardena Centre.
  • Imthiaz Bakeer Markar (2014). Deshapremeya Kadepatha - Biography of T.B. Jayah. Godage and Brothers.[11]

See also[edit]

References & external links[edit]


  1. ^ Imthiaz Bakeer Markar appointed National Media Centre Chairman. Daily News (Sri Lanka), Retrieved on 20 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Imthiaz Bakeer Markar". Parliament of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  3. ^ UNP is not against raising loans for development - Imthiaz Bakeer Markar
  4. ^ Alhaj A. H. M. Azwer. "Historic Beruwela - the entry point of Arabs". Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  5. ^ "2001 Parliamentary Elections" (PDF). Department of Elections. 2001. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-08-09. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Housing Minister Premadasa meets Imtiaz Bakeer Markar". FT Daily. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Journalists granted full freedom under UNF Govt. - Media Minister". Daily News. 15 October 2003. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  8. ^ "We are now entering an era of peace and prosperity - Minister Bakeer Markar". Daily News. 21 June 2002. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  9. ^ "To coincide with Universal Postal Day : Programme to regularise communication services in Matale district". Daily News. 3 July 2003. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  10. ^ Wijeyekoon, Jaliya (9 November 2014). "UNP is not against raising loans for development". Sunday Observer. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Book on T. B. Jayah". Retrieved 28 January 2015.