LAHORE: Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Mohammad Iqbal has taken oath as acting governor of Punjab. Chief Justice Lahore High Court Syed Zahid Hussain administered the oath from him. Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif, Senior Minister Raja Riaz, PPP leader Qasim Zia, Excise and Taxation Minister Mujtaba Shuja Ur Rehman and other senior government officials attended the oath taking ceremony.
PML-N’s candidate for the Speakership of the Punjab Assembly Rana Muhammad Iqbal has been elected unopposed on April 11, 2008. He has taken oath which was administered by outgoing Speaker Afzal Sahi. Provincial ministers, MPAs and the members of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) and the Pakistan People’s Party in a large number were present on the occasion of the oath-taking ceremony.
Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan, son of Rana Phool Muhammad Khan (former MPA and Minister) was born on April 20, 1945 at Gumthala Garhu, Tehsil Pehowa, District Karnal, India. He obtained his early education from D.B. High School, Bhai Pheroo (now Phool Nagar). He graduated from Islamia College, Civil Lines, Lahore in 1968 and obtained the degree of LL.B. from University of the Punjab, Lahore in 1971. He is an advocate and agriculturist. He served as Secretary, Tehsil Bar Associate, Bar Association, Chunian during 1975-76. He started his political career from Markaz Council and served as Chairman Markaz Council and Union Council, Phool Nagar during 1979-83, remained Vice Chairman, Zila Council, Kasur during 1983-87; functioned as Chairman Zila Council Kasur for two consecutive terms during 1987-93. He was first elected unopposed, to the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab in the bye-election in 1993, but before he could make oath as a Member, the Assembly was dissolved in June 1993. He was elected to the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab and served as Member during 1993-96. He returned again to the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab for the third consecutive term in 1997 and served as Provincial Minister and held the portfolios of Livestock & Dairy Development, Forest, Wildlife, Fisheries and Tourism during 1997-99. He has returned to the Punjab Assembly for the fourth term and is functioning as Speaker since April 11, 2008, having been elected unopposed as such. He has visited United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, India and France. He belongs to a noble family of politicians. His father was elected as Member for six consecutive terms, to Provincial Assembly of West Pakistan during 1965-69, Provincial Assembly of the Punjab during 1972-77, 1977, 1985-88, 1988-90 and 1990-93, and also served as Provincial Minister during 1988-90 and 1990-93. His cousin, Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan remained MNA and Parliamentary Secretary during 1990-2007. His another cousin Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan is a sitting MNA. He is an elected member from PP-184 (Kasur)