Ch. Nouraiz Shakoor Khan, 424/Latif

Ch. Nouraiz Shakoor Khan

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Ch. Nouraiz Shakoor Khan, kit no. 424/Latif House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1963 and left the college in 1968 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 19 October 1950, and was married to Mrs. Naghmana on 29 March 1978. They have four children.

Nouraiz Shakoor belongs to Sahiwal in the Punjab. During his days at Petaro, he was a good sportsman. He was also the captain of the College Tennis team. He was also a member of the Famous Forties in 1966 and 1967.

After leaving Petaro, he completed his graduation and opted to go into the field of law. He did his LL.B. and starting practicing law in Sahiwal.

From the very beginning, he was attracted towards politics and became a member of the Pakistan People's Party of the late Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. After Mr. Bhutto's death, Nouraiz Shakoor remained in the opposition to the government until the demise of Gen. Zia-ul-Haq in 1988 and the coming to power of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

During Zia-ul-Haq's period, Nouraiz was elected a member of the District Council of Sahiwal in 1979, 1983 and 1987.

He was elected to the National Assembly in the 1988 elections from Sahiwal on the PPP ticket and was an MNA from 1988-1990. During this same period, he was also a Member of the Standing Committee on Production, and a Member of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.

He lost his seat in the 1990 elections, but got back into the National Assembly once again in the 1993 elections, remaining an MNA from 1993-1996. During the second tenure of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, he held the position of Parliamentary Secretary for Telecommunications with the rank of a State Minister from 1993-1996. He was also a Member of the Standing Committee on Planning and Development, Member of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, and Member of the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir Affairs. Towards the end of this period (before the dismissal of the Benazir govt in 1996), he joined the Federal cabinet as the Federal Minister of State for Communications and Youth Affairs.

After Gen. Musharraf's coup in 1999, elections were held again in 2002, and Nouraiz Shakoor won a seat once again from Sahiwal on the PPP ticket. However, immediately after the elections, he chose to join the forward block of PPP parliamentarians who then formed a breakaway faction called the PPPP-P. This was his final break from the PPP. Under this new set up, he was appointed the Federal Minister for Petroleum, and then later on given the portfolio of Federal Minister of Science and Technology. He retained this position until the government completed its tenure at the end of 2007.

Nouraiz Shakoor lost the 2008 elections with the tide having turned against the Musharraf regime.  Since then he has been living as a private citizen in his native Sahiwal.

While he was in government, Nouraiz Shakoor attended many seminars and conferences. He was the Leader of the Delegation to the International Youth and Culture Conference in North Korea in 1996, Leader of the Delegation to the International Road Conference in Montreal Canada in 1996, and a member of the Pakistan Delegation to the United Nations session in 1996. He also attended the Special I.U.P. Conference in NY to celebrate the 50 years of UNO in 1996. He was a member of the Delegation with the Prime Minister of Pakistan to South Korea. He visited several countries in 1995 as Member of the Kashmir Committee to promote the Kashmir cause, including the USA, Canada, UK, Brazil and Argentina. He was a member of the Delegation of the Ministry of Production to Turkey and Iran in 1990, and visited Syria in 1989 as a member of the Parliamentary Delegation.

His interest in sports continued throughout his life. He has been a member of the Punjab Tennis Association, President of Punjab Cycling Association from 1990 onwards, and Vice President of the Cycling Federation of Pakistan since 1994.

During his tenure as a Federal Minister, he always welcomed Petarians and assisted them in any way possible.