Viqar un Nisa Noon

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Viqar un Nisa Noon
Lady Viqar un Nisa Noon.jpg
First Lady of Pakistan
In office
16 December 1957 – –7 October 1958
Preceded by Ra'ana Liaquat Ali Khan
Succeeded by Nusrat Bhutto
Personal details
Born 1920
Died 16th January, 2000
Nationality Austrian
Pakistani
Spouse(s) Feroz Khan Noon

Begum Viqar-un-Nisa, Lady Noon (née Victoria Rikhy, 1920–2000) was the wife of the seventh Prime Minister of Pakistan, Feroz Khan Noon. By profession, Viqar Noon was a social worker. She was an Austrian by birth and origin, and was born as Victoria in July 1920. She married Sir Feroz Khan Noon in 1945.[1] She participated in the Pakistan Movement.[2][3]

Involvement with Pakistan Movement[edit]

After her marriage she converted to Islam, and renamed herself from Victoria to Viqar un Nisa. The Noons left Delhi the same year after Sir Feroz resigned from the Indian Viceroy's cabinet, and moved to Lahore.[2] Lady Noon had firsthand exposure to Pakistan politics, and involved herself with local politics, becoming a member of the Punjab Provincial Women's Subcommittee, organizing rallies and processions for the Muslim League. During the Civil Disobedience Movement in Punjab, Lady Noon helped organize protests and demonstrations against the British-backed Khizar's cabinet, being arrested three times.[2]

Social work[edit]

Following the independence of Pakistan in 1947 and the mass transfer of people across the border, she engaged in ameliorating the refugee crisis, lending assistance to various refugee camps and committees.[2] She was involved with the Red Cross and engaged herself in local social work. She helped found Viqar un Nisa College for Women, Rawalpindi, Pakistan[2] and the Viqarunnisa Noon School, a famous school for girls in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Later life[edit]

Her husband Sir Feroz later became the first Governor of East Pakistan and ultimately the Prime Minister of Pakistan in 1957. After his death she continued to be involved in social work activities, along with other prominent lady social workers of Pakistan, such as late Begum Mahmooda Salim Khan, Attiya Inayatullah and Begum Zari Sarfaraz;[4] and remained a senior and executive member of such organisations as the Family Planning Association of Pakistan, Pakistan Red Crescent Society, the National Crafts Council of Pakistan and others. For a brief while, she also remained Federal Minister for Tourism and Culture, Government of Pakistan, during the regime of Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq. In her later life, she spent a great deal of her time at her cottage "Al-Feroz", in the hills near Abbottabad, Pakistan, and in scenic Islamabad, where she found creative solace to paint and write.

Viqar-un-Nisa Noon died on 16 January 2000 in Islamabad after a prolonged illness.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre, Freedom at Midnight, 1975.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Begum Viqar-un-Nisa [1920-2000]". Enterprise Team. Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Begum Viqar-un-Nisa". Story of Pakistan. 
  4. ^ Obituary notice in "The News" daily, Friday, 21 January 2000, Islamabad/Rawalpindi ed