ISLAMABAD: The newly elected Speaker Nation Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza, who is the 18th and first female Speaker of the House in Pakistan’s history, hails from Badin in Sindh and has been winning elections continuously since 1997. 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.
Born on December 20, 1956, Dr Fehmida Mirza did her SSC in 1972 and intermediate in 1974. She did MBBS from Liaquat Medical College, Jamshoro in 1983 and practiced medicines till 1989. She remained Director of Mirza sugar mills from 1989 till 1999 and now serving as CEO of the mill. She is wife of Dr Zulfiqar Ali Mirza, a close friend of PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari.
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 Home Minister, Finance, Public Works and Information at various times. Dr Fehmida Mirza’s father Qazi Abdul Majeed 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 All Pakistan Newspapers Society (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.-SANA