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
period, Nouraiz was elected a member of the
District Council of Sahiwal in 1979, 1983 and
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
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
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
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.