Malik Sir Feroz Khan
Noon, KCSI, KCIE, Kt (1893-1970) was a politician from
He was educated at Oxford
belonged to the Noon family. He held many posts in government both before
and after the independence and was an important figure in the Pakistan
He 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, to explain the reasons of
its creation, to familiarize the Muslim countries with its internal problems,
and to get moral and financial support.
Noon was knighted in 1933 and appointed a KCIE in 1937 and a
KCSI in 1941.
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
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.
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.
Noon died on December 9, 1970 in his ancestral village of Nurpur Noon near Bhalwal, Sargodha District.