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  The Speaker's is the highest office of the National Assembly of Pakistan. The Speaker presides over the Session composed of the people's representatives elected on the basis of universal franchise. The Speaker is second in the line of succession to the President and occupies fourth position in the Warrant of Precedence, after the President, the Prime Minister and the Chairman of Senate. In addition, the Speaker is the spokesman of the House to the outside world, and is non-partisan in her/his approach. In order to exercise the great authority that stems from the respect, affection and consideration which every Member of the House bestows upon the holder of this high office, the Speaker shows complete impartiality in the discharge of her/his functions. When the National Assembly is dissolved she/he continues in her/his office, till a new Speaker is elected.  


Dr. Fehmida Mirza is the first women Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan. She was elected on March 19, 2008 as 19th Speaker of the National Assembly. She has the distinction of being the 1st women Speaker in the Muslim World.

Dr. Fehmida Mirza has been elected to the Pakistani Parliament in three consecutive terms in 1997, 2002 and 2008 as MNA from Badin NA-225 Sindh. She won the February 18, 2008 election with huge margin of over 70,000 votes. She had been a Member of the National Assembly's Standing Committees on Population Welfare and Women Development, Health, Social Welfare and Special Education, Commerce and Industries.

Born on December 20, 1956, Dr. Mirza did her MBBS from Liaqat Medical College Jamshoro Sindh, Pakistan, in 1982 and completed house job in gynecology and pediatrics. She remained in the Medical Profession from 1983 to 1989.

Dr. Fehmida Mirza has intrinsic inclination for philanthropic and humanitarian work. She arranged relief and rehabilitation for the affectees of the devastating cyclone and floods in Sindh Province during the years 1999 and 2003 and provided medical treatment, rations, clothing and other essential items for the displaced people out of her personal resources.

In view of the high prevalence of Thalecimia Disease in the District of Badin, Dr. Fehmida Mirza established Thalecimia Centre with assistance of District Government in year 2005. This center is presently providing free medical treatment and blood transfusion services to the people of Badin and its adjoining areas.

Dr. Fehmida Mirza also arranged various free ENT, Cardiac, ophthalmological, chest, nephrological and neurological camps in District Badin. She also arranged vaccination and immunization drives against hepatitis, cholera etc. with the assistance of civil society and NGOs. She played had provided clean potable water to many villages in District Badin on her own expenses. Dr. Fehmida Mirza supports and grants financial assistance to the poor and deserving students of the area. She also pays the dowry expenses of the poor marrying couples.

Dr. Fehmida Mirza is a senior Pakistani politician and parliamentarian. She contested election on the platform of Pakistan Peoples Party. She was Secretary Information (PPP) Sindh. She has traveled to USA, UK, Canada, Switzerland, France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand. She likes reading.

Dr. Fehmida Mirza’s belongs to a political family. Her father, Qazi Abdul Majeed Abid was a seasoned politician who held different ministerial portfolios in Federal and Provincial (Sindh) cabinets from 1982 to 1990 including Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Food and Agriculture, Education, Water and Power and Provincial Minister for Communication. Her Uncle, Qazi Mohammad Akbar was also a long serving Provincial Minister in Sindh.

Dr. Fehmida Mirza is married to Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Mirza and is mother of two sons and two daughters. Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Mirza remained MNA from 1993-1996 and he is currently a Member of the Provincial Assembly (Sindh) and Minister for Home Affairs, Government of Sindh. Her brother, a renowned journalist, Qazi Asad Abid, and Secretary General APNS, was also elected Member of the National Assembly in 1993-1996. She is the aunt of Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq, who twice remained Provincial Minister. She was Director Mirza Sugar Mills from 1989 to 1999 and later on became its Chief Executive.
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