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Malik Sir Feroz Khan Noon, KCSI, KCIE, Kt (1893-1970) was a politician from Pakistanmarker.

Early life

He was educated at Oxford Universitymarker and 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 movement.

He was the High Commissioner of Indiamarker to the United Kingdommarker 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.

Chief Minister

Noon was Chief Minister of the Punjabmarker province from 1953 to 1956, after which he became Foreign Minister of Pakistan until 1957.

Prime Minister

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.

Death

Noon died on December 9, 1970 in his ancestral village of Nurpur Noon near Bhalwalmarker, Sargodha Districtmarker.

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