|Population: 2,232,992< est.1998|
|National Assembly Seats: 5|
|Provincial Assembly Seats: 9|
|Tehsils/ Towns: 3|
Current Party Position
Most Influential Politician: Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo
Okara District is a district of Punjab, famous for fertile lands situated on foots of Satluj river. The Multan Road connects the district capital, Okara with Lahore 110 km away. Okara beganas a small town about 40 km from the city of Sahiwal. It later become a city in its own right. According to the 1998 census, the district had a population of 2,232,992 of which 12.84% were urban.
This highly fertile region is known for its crop yield and fruit farms, particularly those of mangos and oranges. It is also home to a livestock research farm, and Pakistan’s largest military farm holding. In addition, the Pakistan Army’s second-largest cantonment is also located at Okara.
The influential clans in the area are the Kharals, Gogeras, Rais, Sials, Wattoos, Joyas, Kathias, Baloch, Arains and Kambohs. At the same time, Pirs also wield considerable influence over the voters in this district which comprises the tehsils of Okara, Depalpur and Renala Khurd. The last tehsil is home to the farms of the famous fruit products company, Mitchell’s.
The area is home to the tomb of Chaakr-e-Azam, a Baloch chieftain of the fifteenth century who allied with Mughal emperor Humayun against Afghan leader Sher Shah Suri. Indeed, many famous figures from Okara are associated with dissent. For instance, the Kharal tribal chief, Rai Ahmed Nawaz Kharal, led the Gogera insurrection during the War of Independence against the British in 1857. Kharal’s men attacked the Gogera Central Jail and freed hundreds of freedom fighters who had been imprisoned for taking part in the War of Independence in 1857 and consequently prevented the British from taking control of the area for at least three months.
And, in more recent history, Mian Manzoor Wattoo, then chief minister of the Punjab, rebelled against prime minister Nawaz Sharif, in 1993. Nearly a decade later, Rao Sikandar Iqbal, three-time MNA from the area, defected from the PPP after the 2002 elections to join the PMLQ-led coalition government. Iqbal is now known for his close relationship with General (retd) Pervez Musharraf.
In 2008 elections PPP won all five national assembly seats of Okara. (Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo won two seats as independent candidate but joined PPP after elections)
National Assembly Constituencies:
NA-143 Okara-i Saddar Gogera Town Committee, Akbar, Gogera, Kohla, Satghara, Chuchak
NA-144 Okara-ii Okara Municipal Committee, Okara Cantt.
NA-145 Okara-iii Renala Khurd Town Committee, Renala Khurd, Akhtarabad, Shergarh, Hujra
NA-146 Okara-iv Depapur Town Committee, Hujra Town Committee, Depalpur, Pippl pahar,
Vendala Jagir, Kulke Bahawal, parts of Haveli lakha, Qila Diwa Singh, Bonga Saleh
NA-147 Okara-v Haveli Municipality, Basir pur Town committee, Ahmedabad Town Commitee
Dhuliana, Mandi Ahmedabad, Basirpur, Jamalkot, Jahangirabad, parts of Haveli Lakha
- Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo
- Khurram Jahangir Wattoo
- Rubina Wattoo
- Ghulam Mujtaba Kharral
- Mohammed Aslam Khan Kharral
- Rao Sikander Iqbal
- Choudhry Arif Hussain
- Sajjad ul Hassan
- Mian Mohammed Zaman
- Yawar Zaman
- Syed Gulzar Sibtain Shah
- Samsam Ali Bukhari
- Syed Javed Hassan
- Rao Mohammed Ajmanl Khan
- Rao Mohammed Safder Khan
- Syed Raza Ali Gilani