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Date Of Built: 1892       

Population Ranking in Pakistan: 31  

Area: 199 km2

Union Councils in Okara: 10

Okara height from sea level: 105m

Population:  326801

Okara's postal code: 56300.

Okara (Name of forest)

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Okara is the capital city of Okara District in the Punjab province of Pakistan. The name Okara is derived from Okaan, the name of a type of tree. The city is located southwest of the city of Lahore and Faisalabad is 100 km by passing away Ravi River. It is famous for its agriculture-based economy and cotton mills. The nearest major city to Okara is Sahiwal, formerly known as Montgomery.

Okara is a fairly large district in Pakistan in terms of population. There are famous Pakistan military dairy farms, especially famous for their cheese. These farms were established before the creation of Pakistan in 1947. The privately-run Mitchell's farms also are located in the nearby town named as Renala Khurd in the Okara District. The city is a relatively new agricultural city. During the period of British rule there was a forest of Okaan where the city has been built, and from this the name of the city was derived. During British rule, the area was part of Montgomery District and contained a large saltpeter refinery. A large number of textile mills are located in Okara. The predominantly Muslim population supported the Muslim League and the Pakistan Movement. After the independence of Pakistan in 1947, the Muslim refugees settled in the Okara District. In 1982, the city became the headquarters of the newly created Okara District. Okara has had a railway line since 1892.


Okara is famous for its cattle breed known as Sahiwal and a Water buffalo breed known as Niliravi. It is very rich in livestock population and production. Livestock Production Research Institute Bahadar Nagar Farm is a very large government farm near Okara. The farm has a large number of cows, buffalo, bulls (for reproduction), goats and sheep.

The city of Okara is renowned in production of maize, potato and dairy products. Okara is known as Pakistan's largest city for production of these commodities.

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