Dr. Fehmida Mirza elected first woman speaker of Pakistan’s National Assembly

Posted on March 19, 2008
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Fehmida Malik, Speaker Pakistan National AssemblyDr. Fehmida Mirza today created history when she became the first ever woman to be elected as speaker of Pakistan’s National Assembly. If I am not wrong, she is also the first every woman to achieve this position in entire Muslim world. She was the candidate of PPP, PML(N), ANP and JUI(F) and secured more than 2/3 of the total votes. She got 249 out of 324 votes casted while her opponent Sardar Mohammad Israr Tareen of PML(Q) could only secure 70 votes. It was interesting to see JUI(F) chief Moulana Fazal Ur Rehman voting for a woman candidate when first he showed some reservations. I guess ministries and urge to join government makes one do anything and everything :). Faisal Kundi has been elected deputy speaker defeating Khush Bakht Shujat.

Dr. Fehmida Mirza belongs to a very influential family of Hyderabad, Sindh and her husband Zulifiqar Mirza is considered a very trusted and close friend of PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari. During previous governments of Benazir Bhutto, Mirza was often accused of being Asif Zardari’s front-man in alleged shady deals. That was why Mirza, whose car registration Zulfi One, used to make waves in the federal capital during those days, disappeared from the scene after the dismissal of second Benazir government in 1996.

Dr. Fehmida Mirza won NA seat in February 18 elections from Badin on a general seat and her husband has also been elected in Sindh Assembly. According to official website of PPPP, born on December 20, 1956 in Karachi, she is an agriculturist and business woman by profession and is politically affiliated with the PPPP. She was previously elected MNA in 1997. Dr. Fehmida Mirza did her M.B.B.S degree from Liaquat Medical College, Jamshoro in the year 1982. Married, with two sons and two daughters, she has travelled to U.S.A, U.K, Canada, Switzerland, France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand. She enjoys reading.

According to Geo:

Dr. Fehmida Mirza has been elected first ever woman speaker of National Assembly.

Opposition had nominated Israr Tareen for speaker’s office. The voting was carried out through secret ballot.

Dr Fahmida Mirza received 249 out of 324 votes, of which 319 were valid and five votes were declared invalid. Asrar Tareen received 70 votes.

Dr Fehmida Mirza hails from Badin in Sindh and has been winning elections continuously since 1997. She is wife of Dr Zulfiqar Ali Mirza, a close friend of PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari. Hailing from an influential political family of Sindh, the 51-year-old Dr Fehmida Mirza has won the National Assembly seat in open electoral contest from Badin in 1997, 2002 and 2008.

Among prominent members of the family are her grandfather Qazi Abdul Qayyum, who was the first Muslim president of Hyderabad Municipality.

Her uncle Qazi Muhammad Akbar was a member of the Provincial Assembly and served as minister of home, finance, public works and information at various times. Dr Mirza’s father Qazi Abid started his political career as Chairman Hyderabad Division Council. He later served as Federal Minister for Education, Water and Power, Food and Agriculture and Information. He was also thrice Secretary General of the APNS.

Her brother Qazi Asad has served as APNS secretary-general nine times and also remained the CPNE secretary-general. He was also a PPP MNA and in that capacity served as chairman of the standing committee on information. Her cousin Qazi Aslam has been secretary-general APNS four times.

We sincerely wish Dr. Fehmida Mirza best of luck and hope this assembly would be run in a much better way than the previous one. Let’s hope that government formation process completes quickly now and everyone is able to focus on real issues on hand.

50 responses to “Dr. Fehmida Mirza elected first woman speaker of Pakistan’s National Assembly”

  1. Dr, Fehmida Mirza is from respectable family and one of well behaved ladies in PPP. She is very rationale and logical in her deeds. her performance as speaker of assembly is commendable. She looks different in attitude than other PPP lady members . We hope she will continue her efforts to run the parlimentary affairs according to book.

  2. zubair abid says:

    Refernce: Ashfaque Memon Khalifo Badin
    The Excellency & Honorable
    Dr. Fehmida Mirza
    National Assembly Speaker
    Pakistan Islamabad

    Subject: Petition of appeal for employment as “FOLLOWING VACNT”.
    Esteemed Sir:
    With profound respected, I Jan-Nisar of Mohtrama Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Sahiba, am Zubair Abid s/o Muhammad Abid Memon, resident of Ward No. 3 Memon Mohallah, Shahnawaz Chowk city Badin, have the honour to submit my application of appeal for my employment in following vacant.
    Name of Department Name of Post Applied
    1. Federal Public Service Commission Islamabad Key Punch Operator
    Call written test letter, Case No: F.3/1/2009-HR-II Application No: 114
    2. Trade Development Authority of Karachi Reception
    Call written test letter, Case No: TDAP-1(5) EMDP-2009 Application No: 5591
    3. Board of Revenue Hyderabad Data Entry Operator
    Call written test letter, Application No: 40
    4. National Highway Authority Islamabad LDC (Clerk)
    5. KBC Building’s Authority Karachi LDC (Clerk)
    6. Indus River System Authority Islamabad LDC (Clerk)
    7. Public Sector Organization Karachi Senior Assistant
    8. HESCO Hyderabad Meter Reader
    9. HESCO Hyderabad LDC (Clerk)
    10. Sindh Technical Education Training Authority (STEVATA) Karachi LDC (Clerk)
    11. Pakistan Engineering Council Clerk
    12. Port Qasim Authority Karachi Weighbridge Operator
    13. Port Qasim Authority Karachi Khalasi
    14. Parliament Pakistan Sub-Assistant
    Through your honour, I have also applied for post through vacant Advertisement Daily Dawn, Jung News. Now, I have some gotten letter for written letter test.
    Reverented and Honourable Sir, it would not be out of place to mention here that I am poor man, my father is Government Primary Teacher and his income is from hand to mouth and also having large family to support, but without having any source of livelihood, passing life miserably and pitiably, I am Intermediate in (Pre-Engineering) in year 2008.

    Dear Sir,
    I have no source/influence to get employment at my own level hence as Jan-Nisar Shaheed Rani Benazir Bhutto, I appeal your honour to get me employed in following vacant position.
    I pray your gracious honour to extend kind and helping hand for genuine cause for which, I shall pray Almighty ALLAH for your long life and prosperity.
    Thanking you to anticipation,
    Your well wisher


    Poling-Station: BADIN
    Govt Sindhi Primary School
    UC#: 1 (one)
    NIC No: 41101-6988176-5
    Mob#: 0346-3328574

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  4. Ali Dada says:

    We should put some tribal Pakistani women from the Pathani tribes and the Baluchi tribes on the top posts in Pakistan. This will show their tribes that women from there tribes too can be successfull.

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