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. He was elected to the National
Assembly in the 1988 elections from Sahiwal on the
He participated in the 1990, 1993 and 1997
elections and remained in Parliament throughout.
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.
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.
During his tenure as
a Federal Minister, he always welcomed Petarians
and assisted them in any way possible.