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HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

University of Narowal

NAROWAL DISTRICT

Narowal district is situated to the North-East of Pakistan consisting of tehsils such as Narowal, Shakargarh and Zafarwal. It is supposed to be named after a Sikh landlord Naro Singh who inhabited it in the sixteenth century. Narowal was declared as tehsil in 1927 and district in 1991. The city is situated on the bank of river Ravi. Total area of district Narowal is 2337 square kilometers with a population of around 1800000. Most of the population dwells in villages and is engaged in agriculture. The major portion of the population belongs to Jatt clan. The main crops of the district are wheat and rice. Notable people of the district includes Faiz Ahmad Faiz, the famous revolutionary poet and Ahsan Iqbal the Interior Minister of Pakistan.

Geography

The district is bounded on the northwest by Sialkot District, on the north by Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir India, on the southeast by the Gurdaspur District(India) pathankot District (Republic of India), on the south by Amritsar district (Republic of India) and on the southwest by Sheikhupura District in Pakistan.

The total area of the district is approximately 2,337 square kilometres. Prior to the creation of Zafarwal Tehsil in July 2009,[4] Narowal Tehsil occupied 1,065 square kilometres while the remaining area (1,272 square kilometres) fell in Shakargarh Tehsil. According to the 1998 census of Pakistan, Narowal District’s population was 1,256,097, of which only 12.11% were urbans.