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 Zulifqar Ali Mirza is decent very briliant pious and genuine great lady belonging Badin Sindh would be strong social political figures for poor People of Pakistan especially Badin epople will not forget her services rendered for suffering people. It is also great honour for the people of Islamic world and Pakistan that She is not only the Muslim Woman Speaker in the Histroy but a renowned having political family back ground. We much happy to see her in honour diginity to perform responsbility for people of the country as well as Badin . I again congraluated her and Dr. Zulifqar Ali Mirza for his great suceess.

  2. readinglord says:

    What a speaker! She speaks with her eyes even.

    Where are the Mullah?

    “Aawaaz do mullah ko mullah kahaan hein”

  3. Aqil Sajjad says:

    The hudood law debate is one of those very polarizing things.

    On one hand, we have the mullahs who were totally unwilling to even allow a debate on the issue. On the other hand, we regularly hear people complain that the law is still there. One group wanted the law to remain as it was without any amendments, and is unhappy that it has been modified. The other group wants the law to be thrown out completely and sees the amendment as a half-baked measure. What I continue to wonder is how many of the people who take very strong positions on the issue actually know the contents of the hudood ordinance and the amendments to it.

  4. Aamir says:

    mohammed ali javid:

    Pakistan is less safer than 1999, but better off economically because unlike the 90’s we had much better economic management, and unlike the 90’s we now live in the era of suicide terrorism. Any leader will have to combat this menace.

    Mr Gillani selection as PM means Makhdoom Amin Fahim’s years of loyalty and service to Benazir Bhutto has gone down the drain. Pakistanis should enjoy these intrigues, betrayals and politics alongwith slogans of democracy. We shall see after 2 years whether any actual work was done.

  5. Adnan Ahmad says:

    Yousaf Raza Gilani it is.

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