Nouraiz Shakoor

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Nouraiz Shakoor (Urdu, Punjabi: نوریز شکور; born Chaudhry Nouraiz Shakoor Khan on October 19, 1950) is a Pakistani politician from Sahiwal who has been a member of the National Assembly three times (in the 1988, 1993 and 2002 elections respectively).[1] Shakoor was a member of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and has served in various ministerial positions, including Minister in-charge for Communications, Minister of State for Youth Affairs as well as Parliamentary Secretary for Communications. He has also served as a member of the National Assembly Standing Committees on Kashmir Affairs, Finance, Planning and Production.[1] He joined the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in 2012.

From 2002 to 2004, he was the federal minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources. For a time period, he has additionally been the Minister for Science and Technology. As a representative of the government of Pakistan, Khan has made a number of official tours across Europe, Asia and the United States.[1]

He is also an avid fan of sport and is the incumbent president of the Pakistan Cycling Federation.

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Nouraiz Shakoor Khan graduated from the Cadet College Petaro in 1968 after finishing intermediate education. He later completed a Bachelor of Laws and became a practicing lawyer.[2]

Khan contested all member National Assembly Elections from 1985-2008 on the PPP ticket, except 1985 and 2008. In the history of Sahiwal, he is the only politician who has been elected three times - in 1988, 1993 and 2002 -  as a Member of the National Assembly.[citation needed] In 2002 Nouraiz formed the Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians Patriots (PPPPP) and became the Senior Vice President of the party.[verification needed] Recently,[when?] PPPPP merged with the ruling Pakistan Muslin League (PML) and he is now senior member of the ruling PML.[citation needed] He contested the 2008 elections on the PML ticket and lost.[citation needed]

Khan has served as Parliamentary Secretary for Communications in 1993-95 and as the Federal Minister of State for Communications and Youth Affairs in 1995-97. He then held the office of the Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources from 2002-04. From 2005-2007, he held the portfolio of Minister of Science and Technology. He is an Advocate and an Agriculturist by profession. He was also a member of the Standing Committee on Finance Economics Affairs in 1988-90 and 1993–96, Standing Committee on Production 1988-90, Standing Committee on Planning and Development and Parliamentary Kashmir Committee 1993-96. Being on these titles Nouraiz Shakoor attended many national and international Conferences, Workshops and Seminars as part and leader of the delegations. He has represented Pakistan on many official tours around the World and has visited regions within U.S.A, Europe and Asia.

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