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. He was elected to the National Assembly in the 1988 elections from Sahiwal on the PPP ticket.

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 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.

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