The official land record of Narowal district has been gaining rust and being damaged at DCO Office of Sialkot for the last 24 years when it was given the status of district, it is learnt.

Narowal had been given the status of district 24 years ago in 1990, but the official record has been still lying at Sialkot district, where the record was gaining rust and being damaged.

The prolonged period has passed but the district administration could not hand over the official land record to Narowal district. The people belonging to Narowal district have to visit Sialkot for getting their official land record. They have been facing a great ordeal in this regard.

During a meeting of lawyers at Sialkot District Bar Association, Commissioner Gujranwala Division Khawaja Shamail had ordered immediate shifting of Narowal district’s record to Narowal from Sialkot within one day. However, there was no implementation of the order given by the commissioner.

When contacted, the officials concerned said that they were repeatedly asking the Narowal officials to take the record but Narowal DCO office was still lying reluctant in this regard.

The local social, political, religious, legal and business circles of Sialkot and Narowal districts have expressed grave concern over the critical situation. They urged Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and the commissioner to ensure early shifting of Narowal district’s record.