Feroz Khan Noon

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Feroz Khan Noon

Feroz Khan Noon (Hindi:फिरोज खान नून) (1893–1970) Malik Sir Feroz Khan Noon was a politician from Pakistan. He was from Noon Muslim Jat Gotra. He was born on 18th of June 1893 at village Hamoka,tehsil Khushab, Punjab. He was educated at Aitchison College, Lahore. He was educated at Oxford University also. He held many posts in Government both before and after the independence and was an important figure in the Pakistan Movement.

Noon was appointed Chief Minister of the Punjab province from 1953 to 1956 by Khwaja Nazimuddin, following the dismissal of his predecessor, Mian Mumtaz Daultana, in the wake of the Lahore riots of 1953. He then became Foreign Minister of Pakistan until 1957.

Prime minister

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

Many people have been critical of Feroz Khan Noon's tenure in Foreign Office. Especially, during Suez crisis, he failed to sympathize with Egypt against invasion from combined forces of France, Britain and Israel. Mazhar Ali Khan, in the editorial of Pakistan Times (dated:14 November, 1956), titled 'Darkness at High Noon', wrote "it would appear from Mr Noon's strange words and deeds, that he is still living in the dim past-the days when service to the British was accepted by men of his class as the high road to advancement".<Mazhar A. Khan: Pakistan; The First Twelve Years. The Pakistan Times editorials of Mazahar Ali Khan (page 472-473): Oxford Press. 1996></ref>

Apart from politics, 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.

External Links

Feroz Khan Noon - Page at Wikipedia

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