Feroz Khan Noon

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Malik Sir
Feroz Khan Noon
ملک فیروز خان نون

KCSI KCIE OStJ
Prime Minister of Pakistan
In office
16 December 1957 – 7 October 1958
President Iskander Mirza
Preceded by Ibrahim Ismail Chundrigar
Succeeded by Ayub Khan (President of Pakistan)
Minister of Defence
In office
16 December 1957 – 7 October 1958
Preceded by Mumtaz Daultana
Succeeded by Muhammad Ayub Khuhro
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
12 September 1956 – 7 October 1958
Prime Minister Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy
Preceded by Hamidul Huq Choudhury
Succeeded by Manzur Qadir
Chief Minister of Punjab
In office
3 April 1953 – 21 May 1955
Governor Mian Aminuddin
Habib Ibrahim Rahimtoola
Mushtaq Ahmed Gurmani
Preceded by Mumtaz Daultana
Succeeded by Abdul Hamid Khan Dasti
Governor of East Bengal
In office
31 March 1950 – 31 March 1953
Chief Minister Nurul Amin
Preceded by Frederick Chalmers
Succeeded by Chaudhry Khaliquzzaman
Personal details
Born (1893-05-07)7 May 1893
Punjab, British India
Died 9 December 1970(1970-12-09) (aged 77)
Nurpur Noon, Punjab, Pakistan
Political party Muslim League (Before 1955)
Republican Party (1955–1970)
Alma mater University of Oxford

Malik Sir Feroz Khan Noon, KCSI, KCIE, OStJ (Urdu: ملک فیروز خان نون‎; 7 May 1893 – 9 December 1970)[1] was a politician from Pakistan. He held many posts in government both before and after independence and was an important figure in the Pakistan movement.

Early life[edit]

He was educated at Oxford University, a member of the Noon family. From 1941 to 1943, he held the defence portfolio on the Viceroy's Council, being the first Indian to do so. He was considered in 1942 as the probable successor to Sir Sikandar Hayat Khan as Prime Minister of Punjab.[citation needed] In 1945, Noon was one of India's delegates to the San Francisco Conference that led to the creation of the United Nations.

Noon was the High Commissioner of India to the United Kingdom from 1936 to 1941, and in 1947 he was sent as Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah's special envoy to some countries of the Muslim world. This one-man delegation was the first official mission sent abroad by the Pakistani government. The aim of the mission was to introduce Pakistan as a country, explaining the reasons for its creation, to familiarise Muslim countries with its internal problems, and get moral and financial support.[citation needed]

Noon was knighted in the 1933 New Year Honours List.[2] He was further knighted with a KCIE in the 1937 Coronation Honours List[3] and with a KCSI in October 1941.[4] He was also appointed an Associate Officer of the Venerable Order of Saint John in December 1932.[5]

Chief Minister[edit]

Noon was Chief Minister of the Punjab province from 1953 to 1956, after which he became Foreign Minister of Pakistan until 1957.

Prime Minister[edit]

On 16 December 1957 he was elected as the seventh Prime Minister of Pakistan. He held this post until 7 October 1958, when martial law was enforced for the first time in Pakistan's history by Iskander Mirza.

Later life[edit]

Noon wrote five books, including his autobiography: From Memory. His wife, Begum Viqar un Nisa Noon, was a prominent social worker. Though not originally from Pakistan, she spent her entire life working for the betterment of the people of Pakistan

Noon died on 7 December 1970 in his ancestral village of Nurpur Noon, Sargodha District.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Frederick Chalmers
Governor of East Bengal
1950–1953
Succeeded by
Chaudhry Khaliquzzaman
Preceded by
Mumtaz Daultana
Chief Minister of Punjab
1953–1955
Succeeded by
Abdul Hamid Khan Dasti
Preceded by
Hamidul Huq Choudhury
Minister of Foreign Affairs
1956–1958
Succeeded by
Manzur Qadir
Preceded by
Ibrahim Ismail Chundrigar
Prime Minister of Pakistan
1957–1958
Succeeded by
Nurul Amin
Preceded by
Mumtaz Daultana
Minister of Defence
1957–1958
Succeeded by
Muhammad Ayub Khuhro