Rao Sikandar Iqbal
|Rao Sikandar Iqbal
|23rd Defence Minister of Pakistan|
23 November 2002 – 15 November 2007
|Prime Minister||Zafarullah Khan Jamali
Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain
|Preceded by||Pervez Musharraf|
|Succeeded by||Ahmad Mukhtar|
|Died||29 September 2010
C.M.H Okara Cantt.
|Political party||Pakistan Peoples Party
|Spouse(s)||Shafiqa Rao Sikandar|
|Alma mater||Forman Christian College,Lahore
PULC, University of Punjab
|Occupation||Lawyer , Politician.|
Born in 1943, 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, and he was the Secretary General of the Students Union of the University .
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, 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.
Between 1997 and 2001 he was the chief of the Punjab PPP.
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 during this time, he was also honoured as Deputy Prime Minister between 2002 and 2007 under Prime Ministers Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Shaukat Aziz. 
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.
City of Ministers (شہرِوُزراء ۔ اوکاڑا)
Okara is known as City of Ministers. It is also called a Milk Lake of Pakistan. Okara is beautiful gorgeous city which often called Mini Lahore by tourists. During the period of British rule there was a jungle of Okaan where the city has been built, and from this the name of the city was derived.
Following some examples from the Services given by Rao Sikandar to Okara:-
- Rao Sikandar Iqbal Road, Okara.
- Benazir Road, Okara.
- Okara Bypass, Okara.
- Cadet College, Okara.
- Kulsoom Hospital,Okara.(Currently working as Social Security Hosipital)
- University of Education, Okara.(Now moved to Renala Khurd)