Directorate of Northern Circle was established in 1989. The head quarter of directorate is at Peshawar and functions with one field unit at Peshawar and an other 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.