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Fahmida Mirza
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Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination
In office
20 August 2018 – 10 April 2022
President Mamnoon Hussain
Arif Alvi
Prime Minister Imran Khan
Preceded by Muhammad Azam Khan (caretaker)
18th Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan
In office
19 March 2008 – 3 June 2013
Deputy Faisal Karim Kundi
Preceded by Chaudhry Amir Hussain
Succeeded by Sardar Ayaz Sadiq
Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan
In office
13 August 2018 – 10 August 2023
Constituency NA-230 (Badin-II)
In office
1 June 2013 – 31 May 2018
Constituency NA-225 (Badin-II)
In office
17 March 2008 – 16 March 2013
Constituency NA-225 (Badin-II)
In office
16 November 2002 – 15 November 2007
Constituency NA-225 (Badin-II)
In office
14 February 1997 – 12 October 1999
Constituency NA-173 (Badin-II)
Personal details
Born (1956-12-20) 20 December 1956 (age 67)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Nationality  Pakistani
Political party Grand Democratic Alliance (2018–present)
Other political
affiliations
Pakistan Peoples Party (1997–2018)
Spouse Zulfiqar Mirza
Relations Zafar Hussain Mirza (father-in-law)
Children Hasnain Mirza (son)
Parent
  • Qazi Abdul Majeed Abid (father)
Alma mater Liaquat University

Fahmida Mirza (Urdu: فہمیدہ مرزا; born 20 December 1956) is a Pakistani politician who was Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination, in office from 20 August 2018 until 10 April 2022. She served as the 18th and only woman Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan from March 2008 to June 2013.

Previously, she was a member of the National Assembly from 1997 to 1999, 2002 to May 2018 and from August 2018 to August 2023.

Early life and education

Mirza was born on 20 December 1956 in Karachi to Qazi Abdul Majeed Abid. She belongs to an influential political family of Sindh. Mirza is married to Zulfiqar Mirza. She has two sons and two daughters.

Mirza did her schooling from St Mary's Convent in Hyderabad in 1972. She is a medical graduate and did her MBBS from Liaquat Medical College in Jamshoro in 1982. She is an agriculturist and businesswoman by profession. She was chief executive of a Karachi-based advertising company and the chief executive officer of the Mirza Sugar Mills.

Political career

Mirza joined Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in 1997 and was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan as a candidate of PPP from Constituency NA-173 (Badin-II) in 1997 Pakistani general election.

She was re-elected to the National Assembly as a candidate of PPP from Constituency NA-225 (Badin-II) in 2002 Pakistani general election. She received 71,537 votes and defeated Khan Mohammad Halipota, a candidate of Pakistan Muslim League (Q) (PML-Q).

She was re-elected to the National Assembly as a candidate of PPP from Constituency NA-225 (Badin-cum-Tando Muhammad Khan-II) in 2008 Pakistani general election. She received 88,983 votes and defeated Bibi Yasmeen Shah, a candidate of PML-Q.

In March 2008, she was elected as the 18th and first women Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan. She received 249 votes and defeated her opponent Muhammad Israr Tareen who secured 70 votes.

She was re-elected to the National Assembly as a candidate of PPP from Constituency (Badin-cum-Tando Muhammad Khan-II) in 2013 Pakistani general election. She received 110,738 votes and defeated Bibi Yasmeen Shah, a candidate of Pakistan Muslim League (F) (PML-F).

In May 2018, she quit PPP, saying that "the PPP government caused deteriorating conditions in Sindh and ignored the people of Badin". She announced to join a party which providing basic facilities to the people of her constituency, Badin. In June 2018, she joined Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA).

In June 2018, both Mirza and her husband Zulfiqar Mirza were declared loan defaulters by the State Bank of Pakistan. It was noted that the couple used political influence to obtain millions of loans from different banks which were later written-off.

She was re-elected to the National Assembly as a candidate of GDA from Constituency NA-230 (Badin-II) in 2018 Pakistani general election.

On 18 August, Imran Khan formally announced his federal cabinet structure and Mirza was named as Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination. On 20 August 2018, she was sworn in as Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination in the federal cabinet of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

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