Rao Sikandar Iqbal

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Rao Sikandar Iqbal
23rd Defence Minister of Pakistan
In office
23 November 2002 – 15 November 2007
President Pervez Musharraf
Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali
Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain
Shaukat Aziz
Preceded by Pervez Musharraf
Succeeded by Ahmad Mukhtar
Constituency NA-144 (Okara-II)
Personal details
Born 1943
Quetta, Pakistan
Died 29 September 2010(2010-09-29) (aged 67)
C.M.H Okara Cantt.
Nationality  Pakistan
Political party Pakistan Peoples Party
Spouse(s) Shafiqa Rao Sikandar
Relations Rao family
Children 4
Alma mater Forman Christian College,Lahore
PULC, University of Punjab
Occupation Lawyer , Politician.
Religion Islam

Rao Sikandar Iqbal (Urdu: راؤسِكندراِقبال‎), c. 1943 – September 29, 2010) was the 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 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. [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. Later, he suffered renal failure and needed dialysis.[2]

City of Ministers (شہرِوُزراء ۔ اوکاڑا)[edit]

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)


  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.