|• Total||2.9 km2 (1.1 sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+5)|
|Postal code span||51600|
|Website||A website about Narowal|
Narowal (Urdu: نارووال), (Punjabi: نارووال) is a city in the northeast of the Punjab province of Pakistan. The city is the capital of Narowal District and Narowal Tehsil.[dead link] It is situated on the banks of Ravi River about 4–5 km from the Indian border.
There are several theories as to the origin of the name. The most famous of them is that it was named after a Sikh landlord, Naro Singh, who was the owner of the land before the Partition of India in 1947. The city is situated on the banks of River Ravi, about 4–5 km from Indian Border and about 50 km from the Indian-administered Kashmir.
In 1005 CE, Mahmud of Ghazni, the Turkic ruler of the Ghaznavid dynasty, established by his father, Sultan Sebuktegin, invaded and conquered the Shahis in Kabul, and followed it by the conquests of Punjab region. Later like rest of Punjab, Narowal passed on to the rule of the Delhi Sultanate and later Mughal Empire
After the decline of the Mughal Empire, the Afghans, the Marathas and later the Sikhs conquered Narowal District. The Punjabi Muslims faced severe restrictions during the Sikh rule. During the period of British rule, Narowal District increased in population and importance.
The predominantly Muslim population supported Muslim League and Pakistan Movement. After the Creation of Pakistan in 1947, the minority Hindus and Sikhs migrated to India while the Muslim Punjabi refugees from India settled down in the Narowal District.
Narowal city has four union councils and its important colonies are Islam pura, Jilany colony, Jawad colony, Mumtaz colony and Mehmood colony near Railway station. Some of the prominent castes are Jats, Rajputs, Gujjars. Some old villages are also in it, like "Dodewali".
Other Languages include:
- Urdu being national language is spoken and understood.
- English is also understood and spoken by the sizable educated people.
- Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar Khan, longest serving parliamentarian from 1951 to 1999
- Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Urdu poet and journalist
- Abrar-ul-Haq, Pakistani pop, Bhangra and folk legend singer also chairman of Sughra Shafi Medical Complex Narowal ( Sahara for life Trust )
- S.M. Zafar, Senior Advocate Supreme Court
- Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning and Development
- Sayed Zahid Hussain, Former Chief Justice, Lahore High Court, Lahore