Directorate of Northern Circle was established in 1989. The head quarter of directorate is at Peshawar and functions with one field unit and one cartographic unit at Peshawar , and an other field unit at Murree. This directorate is responsible for surveying activities for national development projects and other socio-economic activities. The operational area includes Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Federally Administrative Tribal Areas, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. Latest surveying equipments are used to carryout extra-departmental survey operations anywhere in the country as and when assigned. The directorate is also responsible to maintain international borders along Afghanistan and China.