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Sir Malik 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.

Sir
Malik Feroz Khan Noon
ملک فیروز خان نون

KCSI KCIE OStJ
Malik Feroz Khan Noon.jpg
Prime Minister of Pakistan
In office
16 December 1957 – 7 October 1958
President Iskander Mirza
Preceded by Ibrahim Ismail Chundrigar
Succeeded by Nurul Amin
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 Bourne
Succeeded by Chaudhry Khaliquzzaman
Personal details
Born (1893-05-07)7 May 1893
Sargodha, Punjab, British India
(now in Punjab, Pakistan)
Died 9 December 1970(1970-12-09) (aged 77)
Nurpur Noon, Punjab, Pakistan
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Viqar un Nisa Noon
Alma mater University of Oxford

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Early lifeEdit

He was born on 7 May 1893. He studied in Aitchison College, Lahore. He graduated from Oxford University in 1916. He completed his law degree in Inner Temple. He started his law career in Sargodha and joined the Lahore High Court in 1917.[2]

CareerEdit

He was elected to Punjab legislative council in 1921. From 1927 to 1936 he served as the minister of Local Self-Government and later Education and Health minister. He was the High Commissioner of India to the United Kingdom from 1936 to 1941.[2] He was also appointed an Associate Officer of the Venerable Order of Saint John in December 1932.[3] Noon was knighted in the 1933 New Year Honours List.[4] He was further knighted with a KCIE in the 1937 Coronation Honours List[5] and with a KCSI in October 1941.[6] From 1941 to 1942 he was the Labour member and then from 1942 to 1945 he was the Defense member of the Viceroy’s Executive Council.[2]

In 1945 he attended several of Churchill's War Cabinets in London with Arcot Ramasamy Mudaliar as representative of the government of India.[7] He joined the Muslim League. He was a member of the constitution committee of Pakistan in 1947 and again in 1955. In 1950 he was the Governor of East Bengal. During his governorship the Language movement took place in East Bengal.[2] Abdur Rahman Siddiqui was the acting governor from 25 July 1952 to 10 November 1952 when Feroz Khan was on leave.[8] Feroz Khan left Dhaka to become the Chief Minister of Punjab on 26 March 1953.[2]

Prime MinisterEdit

On 16 December 1957 he was elected 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.[2] It was Feroz Khan Noon's regime when accession of Gwadar took place[9] and it is propagated that Akbar Bugti, as minister of state for defence, was part of negotiations.

Personal lifeEdit

Noon wrote five books, including his autobiography: From Memory. His wife, Viqar un Nisa Noon, was a prominent social worker.[2]

DeathEdit

Noon died on 7 December 1970 in his ancestral village of Nurpur Noon, Sargodha District.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Firoz Khan Noon
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Jafar, Abu. "Noon, Malik Firoz Khan". en.banglapedia.org. Banglapedia. Retrieved 2016-11-14. 
  3. ^ London Gazette, 3 January 1933
  4. ^ London Gazette, 2 January 1933
  5. ^ London Gazette, 11 May 1937
  6. ^ London Gazette, 10 October 1941
  7. ^ http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/large/cab-65-50.pdf page 28, 48 of the pdf
  8. ^ "Siddiqui, Abdur Rahman – Banglapedia". en.banglapedia.org. Retrieved 2016-11-14. 
  9. ^ "Gwadar's Accession to Pakistan". Pakistan Defence. Retrieved 2017-08-28. 

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