: (اوکاڑہ) is the capital city of Okara District
in the Punjab
province of Pakistan
. The name Okara is derived from Okaan
, a name of a tree, the city is located south-west to the city of Lahore
and is famous for its agriculture-based economy and cotton mills. The nearest major city from Okara is Sahiwal
(formerly known as Montgomery).
Okara has the largest storage capacity in Asia and is a fairly large district in Pakistan in terms of population. There are famous Pakistan Military dairy farms, especially famous for their cheese situated in Okara. These farms are of the Pre-partition or British Indian Era. Mitchels farms also are located in the nearest town Renala Khurd in the Okara District.
The city is a relatively new agricultural city, during the period of British rule
there was a jungle of Okaan where the city has been built. And from this the name has been derived. During British rule the area was part of Montgomery District
and contained a large salpetre refinery. At partition on of the two textile mills that Pakistan got was the one at Okara. In 1982 the city became the headquarters of the newly created Okara District.
The city of Okara serves as district
capital and is itself administratively subdivided into ten Union Councils