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Fahmida Mirza, is the current and 18th Speaker of the National Assembly, a lower house of Parliament of State of Pakistan. She is the first woman to hold the office to date, and is widely regarded as the highest ranking female politician in the history of Pakistan. A senior and influential member of Central Executive Committee of Pakistan Peoples Party, Fahmida Mirza hails from the influential Sindhi family, and currently representing the Badin Constituency since 1997. A graduate of Liaquat Medical University in 1982; she is a practiced physician and did her house job in gynaecology and paediatrics. Before entering in national politics, Fehmida Mirza had been one of the successful businesswoman and leading chief executive of her advertising company based in Karachi, Sindh Province which focused on agriculture development in the country. Joining the Peoples Party in 1997, her political philosophy reflected democratic socialism and since then, she's been a potent force behind the left-wing politics in Pakistan. (via Freebase)