Imthiaz Bakeer Markar

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Imthiaz Bakeer Markar
ඉම්තියාස් බාකීර් මාකාර්
இம்தியாஸ் பாகீர் மாகார்
Chairman of the National Media Centre
In office
20 September 2016 – 26 October 2018
Minister of Media, Postal and Telecommunications
In office
State Minister of Housing
In office
Member of Parliament
for Kalutara District
In office
Member of Parliament
for National List
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1953-08-08) 8 August 1953 (age 69)
Beruwala, Ceylon[citation needed]
NationalitySri Lankan
Political partySamagi Jana Balawegaya
Other political
United National Party
SpouseUmmu Fareeda (m. 1981)
ChildrenAsaf, Azam, Fadhil, Adhil and Insaf
EducationHoly Cross College, Kalutara
Zahira College, Gampola
Ananda College
Alma materUniversity of Kelaniya
Sri Lanka Law College

Imthiaz Bakeer Markar (Sinhala: ඉම්තියාස් බාකීර් මාකාර් (born 8 August 1953) is a Sri Lankan lawyer and politician. He is a Member of Parliament from the National List of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya, he was a former Cabinet Minister of Media, Postal and Telecommunications from 2001 to 2004; State Minister of Housing from 1989 to 1993 and member of the parliament from the Kalutara District from 1989 to 2004. Bakeer Markar had served as the former Chairman of the National Media Centre and the former Vice President of the United National Party (UNP).[1][2][3][4]

Personal life[edit]

Imthiaz was born on 8 August 1953 in Beruwala,[citation needed] Sri Lanka as the only child of the family. His father Mohammed Abdul Bakeer Markar, was a politician who later served as the 12th Parliamentary Speaker from 1978 to 1983 and the Governor of the Southern Province from 1988 to 1993. His mother Sithy Kadija Muhammad Raffai was a housewife.[5] His ancestry can be traced to Sheik Jamaluddeen-Al-Maghdoomi, Arab settler who settled down in Beruwala.[6] His grandfather Hakeem Alia Marikkar belonged to a family of local physicians, whose ancestors were local physicians.[7] Imthiaz has four siblings: Haseeba, Faseeha, Faheema and Yazir, from his father's second marriage with Jazeela.

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 Bachelor of Arts in mass communication and thereafter he entered the Sri Lanka Law College and qualified as an Attorney-at-Law in 1981.

Markar is married to Ummu Fareeda in 1981 and they have five children: Asaf, Azam, Fadhil, Adhil and Insaf.[citation needed][8]

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.[9] He served as the Minister of State for Housing between 1989 and 1993[10] and as the Minister of Media,[11] Posts[12] and Telecommunication[13] in the Cabinet of the 12th Sri Lankan Parliament between 2001 and 2004. Markar did not contest the 2004 parliamentary elections.[14] He resigned from his posts in the United National Party in November 2019 and joined the newly formed Samagi Jana Balawegaya and was appointed to parliament from the National List in August 2020.


  • 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.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Imthiaz Bakeer Markar". Parliament of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  2. ^ "UNP is not against raising loans for development - Imthiaz Bakeer Markar". Archived from the original on 2016-08-09. Retrieved 2015-01-04.
  3. ^ Imthiaz Bakeer Markar appointed National Media Centre Chairman. Daily News (Sri Lanka), Retrieved on 20 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Parliament of Sri Lanka - Imthiaz Bakeer Markar".
  5. ^ "First Ancestry : Wairooshi".
  6. ^ Alhaj A. H. M. Azwer. "Historic Beruwela - the entry point of Arabs". Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Sons and daughters of Sri Lanka". Sunday Observer. Archived from the original on 2021-06-30. Retrieved 2021-06-30.
  8. ^ "First Ancestry : Wairooshi".
  9. ^ "2001 Parliamentary Elections" (PDF). Department of Elections. 2001. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-08-09. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Housing Minister Premadasa meets Imtiaz Bakeer Markar". FT Daily. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Journalists granted full freedom under UNF Govt. - Media Minister". Daily News. 15 October 2003. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  12. ^ "We are now entering an era of peace and prosperity - Minister Bakeer Markar". Daily News. 21 June 2002. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  13. ^ "To coincide with Universal Postal Day : Programme to regularise communication services in Matale district". Daily News. 3 July 2003. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  14. ^ Wijeyekoon, Jaliya (9 November 2014). "UNP is not against raising loans for development". Sunday Observer. Archived from the original on 9 August 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  15. ^ "Book on T. B. Jayah". Retrieved 28 January 2015.

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