Rao Sikandar Iqbal

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Rao Sikandar Iqbal (Urdu: راؤسِكندراِقبال‎), c. 1943 – September 29, 2010) was the Deputy Prime Minister of Pakistan and Defence Minister of Pakistan from 2002 to 2007.


Born in 1943,[1] Iqbal took his primary education in Quetta, after which he joined the Forman Christian College in Lahore. He held a LLB from Punjab University Law College,[2] and he was the Secretary General of the Students Union of the University .[1]

In 1969, Iqbal joined the provincial revenue department as a tehsildar.[2] In 1975, after meeting with president Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, he resigned and joined the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).[2]

In 1988 Iqbal was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan, and served as Minister of Food, Agriculture and Cooperatives under Benazir Bhutto, on her first term. He lost the elections in 1990,[2] but was re-elected again in 1993 and served as Minister of Sports, Culture and Tourism, on Bhutto's second term, that ended in 1996. He also served as chairman of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Defence.[2]

Between 1997 and 2001 he was the chief of the Punjab PPP.[2]

In 2002 Iqbal was elected to the National Assembly again and joined the group PPP-Patriots. He was inducted to the Federal Cabinet and served as Defence Minister between 2002 and 2007 under Prime Ministers Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Shaukat Aziz.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Iqbal was married and had four children, a daughter and three sons (Rao Atif Sikandar, Rao Faisal Sikandar and Rao Hasan Sikandar). His youngest son Rao Hasan Sikander is going to continue the legacy of his father by contesting in the next elections for the coveted seat of MNA from Okara.[1]

Iqbal died after prolonged illness in Okara, on September 29, 2010, at the age of 68. He had been suffering from diabetes, and was paralysed in 2007. Later, he suffered renal failure and needed dialysis.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "PPPP - Rao Sikander Iqbal's Profile". elections.com.pk. Retrieved 5 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Piracha, Aslam (30 September 2010). "Rao Sikandar Iqbal dies". Retrieved 5 October 2010. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Pervez Musharraf
Defence Minister of Pakistan
Succeeded by
Salim Abbas Jilani