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Demographics of Pakistan
Pakistan-demography.png
Population of Pakistan, 1961–2003
Population192,120,000 (2013 est.)
Growth rate1.49%[1]
Birth rate31 births/1,000 population (2009 est.)
Death rate8 deaths/1,000 population (2009 est.)
Life expectancy63.39 years (2009 est.)
 • male62.4 years (2009 est.)
 • female64.44 years (2009 est.)
Fertility rate3.58 children born/woman (2008 est.)
Infant mortality rate57.48 deaths/1,000 live births (2012 est.)[2]
Age structure
0–14 years36.7% (male 33,037,943/female 31,092,572)
15–64 years59.1% (male 53,658,173/female 49,500,786)
65 and over4.2% (male 3,495,350/female 3,793,734) (2009 est.)
Sex ratio
At birth1.00 male(s)/female (2006 est.)
Under 151.06 male(s)/female (2006 est.)
15–64 years1.05 male(s)/female (2006 est.)
65 and over0.82 male(s)/female (2006 est.)
Nationality
Nationalitynoun: Pakistani
Major ethnicSee Ethnic groups of Pakistan
Language
OfficialSee Languages of Pakistan
SpokenSee List of Pakistani languages by number of native speakers
 
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This article is about the demographic features of the population of Pakistan, including population density, ethnicity, education level, health of the populace, economic status, religious affiliations and other aspects of the population. For a general overview of the citizens of Pakistan, see Pakistani people.
Demographics of Pakistan
Pakistan-demography.png
Population of Pakistan, 1961–2003
Population192,120,000 (2013 est.)
Growth rate1.49%[1]
Birth rate31 births/1,000 population (2009 est.)
Death rate8 deaths/1,000 population (2009 est.)
Life expectancy63.39 years (2009 est.)
 • male62.4 years (2009 est.)
 • female64.44 years (2009 est.)
Fertility rate3.58 children born/woman (2008 est.)
Infant mortality rate57.48 deaths/1,000 live births (2012 est.)[2]
Age structure
0–14 years36.7% (male 33,037,943/female 31,092,572)
15–64 years59.1% (male 53,658,173/female 49,500,786)
65 and over4.2% (male 3,495,350/female 3,793,734) (2009 est.)
Sex ratio
At birth1.00 male(s)/female (2006 est.)
Under 151.06 male(s)/female (2006 est.)
15–64 years1.05 male(s)/female (2006 est.)
65 and over0.82 male(s)/female (2006 est.)
Nationality
Nationalitynoun: Pakistani
Major ethnicSee Ethnic groups of Pakistan
Language
OfficialSee Languages of Pakistan
SpokenSee List of Pakistani languages by number of native speakers

Pakistan's estimated population in 2014 is over 186 million,[3][4] making it the world's sixth-most-populous country, behind Brazil and ahead of Nigeria. During 1950–2011, Pakistan's urban population expanded over sevenfold, while the total population increased by over fourfold. In the past, the country's population had a relatively high growth rate that has been changed by moderate birth rates. In 2014, the population growth rate stands at 1.49%.[1]

Dramatic social changes have led to rapid urbanization and the emergence of megacities. During 1990–2003, Pakistan sustained its historical lead as the second-most urbanized nation in South Asia with city dwellers making up 36% of its population.[5] Furthermore, 50% of Pakistanis now reside in towns of 5,000 people or more.[6]

Pakistan has a multicultural and multi-ethnic society and hosts one of the largest refugee populations in the world as well as a young population.

Population[edit]

Main article: Census in Pakistan

Geographic distribution[edit]

Population density in Pakistan

The majority of southern Pakistan's population lives along the Indus River. Karachi is the most populous city in Pakistan. In the northern half, most of the population lives about an arc formed by the cities of Faisalabad, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Multan, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Nowshera, Swabi, Mardan, and Peshawar.

Population size and growth[edit]

According to OECD/World Bank, the population in Pakistan increased by 23 million from 1990 to 2008, with a 54% growth in population compared to 34% growth in India and 38% growth in Bangladesh.[7]

Yearly population[edit]

Pakistan's yearly population from 1950 to 2011.[8]

UN estimates[9][edit]

Total population (in thousands)Population aged 0–14 (%)Population aged 15–64 (%)Population aged 65+ (%)
195037,54740.354.15.6
195541,10940.354.84.9
196045,92040.455.34.3
196551,99341.654.53.9
197059,38342.653.63.8
197568,48343.253.13.7
198080,49343.452.93.7
198595,47043.452.93.8
1990111,84543.752.53.8
1995127,34743.352.93.8
2000144,52241.454.73.9
2005158,64538.157.84.1
2011173,59335.460.34.3

Gender ratios[edit]

Vital statistics[9][edit]

YearLive births per yearDeaths per yearNatural change per yearCBR1CDR1NC1TFR1IMR1
1950–19551 652 000937 000715 00042.023.818.26.60176.6
1955–19601 873 000907 000966 00043.020.922.16.60156.3
1960–19652 128 000894 0001 233 00043.518.325.26.60139.5
1965–19702 407 000887 0001 520 00043.215.927.36.60125.7
1970–19752 738 000890 0001 848 00042.813.928.96.60114.8
1975–19803 197 000935 0002 262 00042.912.630.36.60106.6
1980–19853 746 0001 019 0002 726 00042.611.631.06.44101.5
1985–19904 367 0001 120 0003 247 00042.110.831.36.3096.7
1990–19954 566 0001 166 0003 400 00038.29.728.55.6790.1
1995–20004 674 0001 201 0003 473 00034.48.825.65.0083.2
2000–20054 387 0001 213 0003 175 00028.98.020.94.0076.8
2005–20104 666 0001 277 0003 390 00028.17.720.43.6570.9
1 CBR = crude birth rate (per 1000); CDR = crude death rate (per 1000); NC = natural change (per 1000); TFR = total fertility rate (number of children per woman); IMR = infant mortality rate per 1000 births

Vital statistics[10][edit]

Year (beginning.).Population (in thousands)Live births (in thousands)Deaths (in thousands)Natural change (in thousands)Crude birth rate (per 1.000)Crude death rate (per 1.000)Natural change (per 1.000)Fertility rates
2011177 1004 8701 2933 57727,57,320,23,5
2012180 7104 9151 3013 61427,27,220,03,4
2013184 3504 9411 2913 65026,87,019,83,3

Fertility by region 2010-2012 (released in 2012-13)[11][edit]

RegionFertility rate
Urban3.2
Rural4.2
Overall3.8
ICT Islamabad3.0
Punjab3.8
Gilgit-Baltistan3.8
Sindh3.9
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa3.9
Balochistan4.2

Contraceptives usage (%) 2010–2012 (released in 2012–13)[11][edit]

RegionContraceptives usage (%)
Urban44.8%
Rural30.7%
Overall35.4%
ICT Islamabad59.4%
Punjab40.7%
Gilgit-Baltistan33.6%
Sindh29.5%
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa28.1%
Balochistan19.5%

Mortality and life expectancy[edit]

As adultery is a crime punishable by death in Pakistan, just in the main cities 1,210 infants were killed or abandoned to die (2010), 90% of them girls and most less than a week old according to conservative estimates by the Edhi Foundation, a charity working to reverse this increasing trend.[14]

Human development[edit]

Human Development Index[edit]

According to the 2009 Human Development Report of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 60.3% of Pakistanis live on less than $2 a day.[15]

ProvinceHuman Development IndexComparable country
Medium human development
Punjab0.670 Tajikistan
Sindh0.628 India
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa0.607 Solomon Islands
Balochistan0.556 Ghana

Sources: Information on Pakistani regions:[16] Information on other countries:[17] All Estimated at three decimal places.

RegionHuman Development IndexComparable country
Medium human development
Urban Sindh0.659 Equatorial Guinea/ South Africa
Urban Punjab0.657 Equatorial Guinea/ South Africa
Urban Khyber Pakhtunkhwa0.627 India
Urban Balochistan0.591 Solomon Islands
Rural Punjab0.517 Sudan
Low human development
Rural Khyber Pakhtunkhwa0.489 Zimbabwe/ Kenya
Rural Balochistan0.486 Mauritania
Rural Sindh0.456 Eritrea
RegionHuman Development IndexComparable country
Medium human development
Urban Pakistan0.656 Equatorial Guinea/ South Africa
Low human development
Rural Pakistan0.496 Togo

Note: Regarding the above two tables, information on Pakistan has been taken from the PAKISTAN NATIONAL HUMAN DEVELOPMENT REPORT 2003 and for the countries of the world, information has been take from the Human Development Report 2006 as it best reflects the time when data was taken for Pakistan. Pakistan National Human Development Report gave Pakistan an HDI score of 0.541 whereas the Human Development Report 2006 gave it a score of 0.539.

Sources:[18][19]

Literacy[20][edit]

definition: aged 10 and over and can read and write as of 2008-09

Educational institutions by kind[21][edit]

Nationality, ethnicity, and language[edit]

Ethnic groups[edit]

Pakistan's diversity is more visible along cultural differences and less along linguistic, religious or genetic lines. Almost all Pakistanis belong to the Indo-Iranian linguistic group of the Indo-European branch. Pakistan's rough estimates vary, but the consensus is that the Punjabis are the largest ethnic group. Pashtuns (Pakhtuns) make up the second largest group and Sindhi are the third-largest ethnic group.[23][24][not in citation given] Saraikis (a transitional group between Punjabis and Sindhis) make up 10.53% of the total population. The remaining large groups include the Muhajirs and the Baloch people, which make up 7.57% and 3.57% of the total population, respectively. Hindkowans and the Brahui, and the various peoples of the Gilgit–Baltistan, constitute roughly 4.66% of the total population. The Pakhtun and Baloch represent two of the major populations that are linguistically Iranian, while the majority Punjabis, Hindkowans, Sindhis and Saraikis are the major linguistically Indo-Aryan groups.

Descendents of Black Africans that were brought as slaves in the 15th to the 19th century are known as Sheedis. The Sheedis are Muslims and speak Balochi, Sindhi and Urdu.

In 1850, the British started developing Karachi as a major port for trade and commerce, resulting in the arrival of a large number immigrants from Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa. The Goan Catholics constitute the majority of the Christians in the city.[25]

After the Pakistan–India war in 1971, thousands of Biharis and Bengalis from Bangladesh arrived in the Karachi, followed by Muslim Rohingya refugees[26] from Burma, and Asians from Uganda. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), approximately 1.7 million Afghan refugees remain in Pakistan as of 2009.[27] Many of them were born and raised in Pakistan in the last 30 years but are still counted as citizens of Afghanistan.[28] The majority of Afghans in Pakistan are ethnic Pakhtuns from southeastern Afghanistan, who have settled in Pakistan due to civil strife in their home country.[29]

All major ethnic groups in Pakistan, while categorized as separate entities, have thousands of years of shared history and inter-mingling. In addition, inter-marriages between ethnic groups within the country are not uncommon.

Foreign-born population in Pakistan[edit]

Muslims who left India after the partition of British India are the largest group of foreign-born residents. This group is dwindling because of its age. The second-largest group of foreign-born residents consists of Muslim immigrants from Afghanistan, who have settled in Pakistan due to civil war in their home country. There are also smaller groups of Muslim immigrants from Burma, Bangladesh, Iraq, Somalia, Iran, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, among others.

Mostly those born before 1947
YearPopulationForeign bornPercentage foreign born
196046,259,0006,350,29613.73%
197059,565,0005,105,5568.57%
198079,297,0005,012,5246.32%
1990111,698,0006,555,7825.87%
2000142,648,0004,242,6892.97%
2005157,935,0003,254,1122.06%

Source: [30]

Languages[edit]

Main article: Languages of Pakistan
Census history of major languages
RankLanguage1998 census1982 census1961 census1951 census
1Punjabi*24.15%28.17%56.39%57.08%
4Saraiki*30.53%29.54%
2Pashto15.42%13.35%8.47%8.16%
3Sindhi14.1%12.7%12.59%12.85%
5Urdu7.57%7.60%7.57%7.05%
6Balochi3.57%3.02%2.49%3.04%

{* Saraiki was included with Punjabi in the 1951 and 1961 censuses.}

Following are the major languages spoken in Pakistan. The percentage of Pakistanis who are native speakers of that language is also given.

Numbers of speakers of larger languages
Language2008 estimate1998 censusMain areas spoken
1Punjabi56,367,36044.17%58,433,43144.15%Punjab
2Pashto26,692,89015.44%20,408,62115.42%Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
3Sindhi26,410,91015.35%18,661,57114.10%Sindh
4Saraiki38,019,61030.42%13,936,59430.53%South Punjab
5Urdu13,120,5407.59%10,019,5767.57%Karachi, Sindh
6Balochi6,204,5403.59%4,724,8713.57%Balochistan
7Others8,089,1503.59%6,167,5154.66%
Total172,900,000100%132,352,279100%Pakistan

There are around 75 to 80 known Pakistani languages although, in practice, there are primarily six major languages in Pakistan spoken by 95% of the population: Punjabi, Pashto, Sindhi, Saraiki, Urdu, and Balochi. The official language is English and the national language is Urdu, the census indicates that around 8% of the population speak Urdu as their first language. However, due to rapid urbanization and modernization, the use of Urdu as a primary language is increasing, especially amongst the growing urbanized middle class of Pakistan. Around 44% speak Punjabi, 15.5% speak Pashto, 15.5% speak Sindhi, 10.5% Saraiki, 7.5% Urdu, 3.5% Balochi, and 3.5% other languages (Hindko, Brahui etc.) as their first language. Most Pakistanis, however, speak or understand at least two to three languages and almost all Pakistanis speak or understand the national language, Urdu.

The most prevalent native languages appear in bold below, with the percentage of the population speaking them as their first language rounded to the nearest percentage point:

English[edit]

English is the official language, being widely used within the government, by the civil service and the officer ranks of the military. Pakistan's Constitution and laws are written in English. Nearly all schools, colleges and universities use English as the medium of instruction. Amongst the more educated social circles of Pakistan, English is seen as the language of upward mobility and its use is becoming more prevalent in upper social circles, often spoken alongside native Pakistani languages.[citation needed] Among countries that use English as an official language, Pakistan is the third-most populous in the world.

Urdu[edit]

Urdu is the national language of Pakistan, the lingua franca chosen to facilitate inter-provincial communication between the country's diverse linguistic populations. Although only about 7.5% of Pakistanis speak it as their first language, it is spoken as a second and often third language by nearly all Pakistanis. Its introduction as the lingua franca was encouraged by the British Raj upon the capitulation and annexation of Sindh (1843) and Punjab (1849) with the subsequent ban on the use of Persian, the lingua franca of the region for many centuries, due to admiration of local rulers for the foreign language. The decision to make the language change was to institute a universal language throughout the then British Raj in South Asia as well as minimize the influence of Persia, the Ottoman Empire, and Afghanistan had on this transitional region. Urdu is a relatively new language in the contemporary sense but has undergone considerable modifications and development borrowing heavily on the traditions of older languages such as Persian, Arabic, Turkish and local South Asian languages, all of which can be found in its vocabulary. It began as a standardized register of Hindi and in its spoken form. It is widely used, both formally and informally, for personal letters as well as public literature, in the literary sphere and in the popular media. It is a required subject of study in all primary and secondary schools. It is the first language of most Muhajirs (Muslim refugees that arrived from different parts of India after Partition of India and independence of Pakistan in 1947) that form nearly 8% of Pakistan's population and is an acquired language. But nearly all of Pakistan's native ethnic groups representing almost 92% of the population making Pakistan a unique country in the choice of national languages. As Pakistan's national language, Urdu has been promoted as a token of national unity. In recent years, the Urdu spoken in Pakistan has undergone further evolution and acquired a particularly Pakistani flavour to it often absorbing local native terminology and adopting a strong Punjabi, Sindhi and Pashto leaning in terms of intonations and vocabulary. It is a modern language which is constantly evolving from its original form. It is written in a modified form of the Perso-Arabic script, Nastaliq, and its basic Hindi-based vocabulary has been enriched by words from Persian, Arabic, Turkic languages and English. Urdu has drawn inspiration from Persian literature and has now an enormous stock of words from that language. In recent years, the Urdu spoken in Pakistan has gradually incorporated words from many of the native languages found there including Pashto, Punjabi and Sindhi to name a few. As such, the language is constantly developing and has acquired a particularly 'Pakistani' flavour to it distinguishing itself from that spoken in ancient times and in India. The first poetry in Urdu was by the poet Amir Khusro (1253–1325) and the first Urdu book Woh Majlis was written in 1728 and the first time the word "Urdu" was used by Sirajuddin Ali Khan Arzoo in 1741.[31] The Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir (1658–1707) spoke Urdu (or Hindustani) fluently as did his descendents while his ancestors mostly spoke Persian and Turkish.[32]

Punjabi[edit]

Punjabi is a provincial language spoken as a first language by more than 50% of Pakistanis, mostly in Punjab, as well as by a large number of people in Karachi. It is an important language since Punjabi dialects are spoken by more than half of Pakistanis. However, Punjabi does not have any official status in Pakistan. The exact number of Punjabi speakers in Pakistan is hard to determine since there are many dialects such as Saraiki, which most regard as part of Punjabi and others regard as separate language. When taking into account Hindko, Potwari, Pahari, Saraiki, Punjabi dialects are thus spoken by almost 60% of the population in Pakistan. The standard Punjabi dialect is from Lahore, Sialkot, Gujranwala and Sheikhupura districts of the Pakistani Punjab which was used by Waris Shah (1722–1798) in his book Heer Ranjha and is also nowadays the language of Punjabi literature, film and music, such as Lollywood. Other dialects are Multani or Saraiki in the West and South, Pothowari and Hindko in the North, Dogri in the mountain areas and Shahpuri in the Sargodha district.

Punjabi is descended from Prakrit in the Vedic period (1700 BC), Pali, and Apabhramsha in the Ashoka period (273 BC – 232 BC) and Hindvi, Lahori and Multani in the Muslim period (711 AD – 1857 AD). Punjabi literature was principally spiritual in nature and has had a very rich oral tradition. The great poetry written by Sufi saints has been the folklore of the Punjab and is still sung with great love in any part of the region.

Sindhi[edit]

Sindhi is a provincial language spoken as a first language by 15.5% of Pakistanis, mostly in Sindh. It has a rich literature and is used in schools. It is an Indo-Aryan (Indo-European) language, derived from Sanskrit. The Arabs ruled Sindh for more than 150 years after Muhammad bin Qasim conquered it in 712 AD, remaining there for three years to set up Arab rule. Consequently, the social fabric of Sindh contains elements of Arabic society. Sindhi is spoken by over 36 million people in Pakistan, and is the official language of Sindh province. It is widely spoken in the Lasbela District of Balochistan (where the Lasi tribe speaks a dialect of Sindhi), many areas of the Naseerabad and Jafarabad districts of Balochistan, and by the Sindhi diaspora abroad. Sindhi language has six major dialects: Sireli, Vicholi, Lari, Thari, Lasi and Kachhi. It is written in the Arabic script with several additional letters to accommodate special sounds. The largest Sindhi-speaking cities are Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Shikarpur, Dadu, Jacobabad, Larkana, Mirpur Khas, Thatta, Badin and Nawabshah. Sindhi literature is also spiritual in nature. Shah Abdul Latif Bhita'i (1689–1752) is one of its greatest poets, and wrote Sassi Punnun and Umar Marvi, folk stories, in his famous book Shah Jo Risalo.

Sindhi dialects:

Vicholi is considered as the standard dialect by all Sindhi speakers.

Pashto[edit]

Pashto is a provincial language spoken as a first language by 15.5% (28–30 millions) of Pakistanis, mostly in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and in Balochistan as well as by immigrants to the eastern provinces who are often not counted due to census irregularities. The Pashto has rich written literary traditions as well as an oral tradition. There are two major dialect patterns within which the various individual dialects may be classified; these are Pakhto, which is the Northern (Peshawar) variety, and the softer Pashto spoken in the southern areas. Khushal Khan Khattak (1613–1689) and Rahman Baba (1633–1708) were the most famous poets in the Pashto language. In the last part of 20th century, Pakhto or Pashto has produced some great poets like Ghani Khan, Khatir Afridi and Amir Hamza Shinwari. There are also many Pakistanis from the adjacent regions of Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan who are conversant in Pashto and count it as their second language. They are not included in the overall percentage.

The Pashtuns (Pakhtuns or Pathans), originally from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and northern Balochistan, are now the city's second largest ethnic group in Karachi after Muhajirs.[33][34] With as high as 7 million by some estimates, the city of Karachi in Pakistan has the largest concentration of urban Pakhtun population in the world, including 50,000 registered Afghan refugees in the city.[35] Karachi is the biggest Pashto speaking city in the world although the Pashto speakers constitute only about 25% of Karachi's population.[36]

Saraiki[edit]

Saraiki, transliterated as Sarāikī and sometimes spelled Seraiki and Siraiki is a Sindhi language word meaning Northern or the language of the area of Punjab adjacent to Sindh. In recent decades it is being projected as a standardized written language of Pakistan belonging to the Indo-Aryan (Indic) languages. It is spoken as a first language by 10.5% of Pakistanis, mostly in the southern districts of Punjab.It is mostly spoken in southern and western districts of Punjab,which comprises Multan, Lodhran, Bahawalpur, Bhakkar, Layyah, Dera Ghazi Khan, Muzaffargarh, Rahim Yar Khan, Jhang, Cheniot, Sahiwal, Pakpattan & Khanewal. It is also spoken by majority of population of Dera Ismail Khan district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (خیبر پښتونخوا) province, kachi plain of Balochistan, northern parts of Sindh, and cities of Hyderabad and Karachi. Saraiki, belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of Indo-European.According to a letter No 20-/R&D/09 dated 20-01-2010, of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, Islamabad. The number of speakers of Saraiki Language are more than 120 Millions.[37]

Balochi[edit]

Balochi is a provincial language spoken as first language by about 3.5% of Pakistanis, mostly in Balochistan. Sindh and southern Punjab. The name Balochi or Baluchi is not found before the 10th century. It is believed that the language was brought to its present location in a series of migrations Aleppo, Syria. Rakshani is the major dialect group in terms of numbers. Sarhaddi, is a sub dialect of Rakshani. Other sub – dialects are Qalati, Chagai Kharani, and Makrani. The Eastern Hill Balochi or Northern Balochi are distinct dialects.The Kethran language in North East Balochistan is also a variant of Balochi. It is one of the 9 distinguished languages of Pakistan. Since Balochi is a poetic and rich language and have a certain degree of affinity to Urdu, Balochi poets tend to be very good poets in Urdu as well as Ata Shaad, Gul Khan Nasir and Noon Meem Danish are excellent examples of this.

Brahui[edit]

Brahui (Urdu: براہوی '‎) is a regional language of uncertain origin despite the fact that the bulk of the language shares lexical similarities to Balochi as well as Sindhi. In colonial times, many British linguists tried to make the claim of a possible Dravidian language origin but this has not been conclusively proven despite ongoing research in the language for a century now.[38] spoken in southern Pakistan, may have evolved from the original languages of Indus valley civilizations at Mehrgarh . However it is heavily influenced by Balochi and Pashto. It is spoken in central and east central Balochistan. The Mengals are a famous Brahvi tribe. Around 1–1.5% of Pakistani population has Brahui as their first language. It is one of the nine distinguished languages of Pakistan.

The Brahui population of Balochistan has been taken by some as the linguistic equivalent of a relict population, perhaps indicating that Dravidian languages were formerly much more widespread and were supplanted by the incoming Indo-Aryan languages.[39] However it has now been demonstrated that the Brahui could only have migrated to Balochistan from central India after 1000 CE. The absence of any Avestan, an older Iranian language, loanwords in Brahui supports this hypothesis. The main Iranian contributor to Brahui vocabulary, Balochi, is a western Iranian language like Kurdish, and moved to the area from the west only around 1000 CE.[40]

Hindko[edit]

Hindko is an ancient regional Indo-Aryan language spoken by Hindkowans in Pakistan. It is very similar to northern dialects of Punjabi. The language is spoken in the areas of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (including Hazara), local people of Peshawar Punjab and Azad Kashmir by an estimated 2.2 to 4 million people.[citation needed] During the pre-Buddhist era in present day Pakistan, the language of the masses was refined by the ancient grammarian Pāṇini, who set the rules of a structurally rigorous language called Sanskrit which was used principally for scriptures (analogous to Latin in the Western world). Meanwhile, the vernacular language of the masses, Prakrit developed into many tongues and dialects which spread over the northern parts of South Asia. Hindko is believed to be closely related to Prakrit. Due to the geographic isolation of the regions, it has undergone very little grammatical corruption, but has borrowed considerable vocabulary from its neighbours, in particular Pashto. It shows close affinity to Punjabi and the Lahnda sub-group of Indo-Aryan tongues and can be sub-divided into a northern and southern dialects.

Kashmiri[edit]

Kashmiri (كأشُر) is an ancient Dardic language spoken in Azad Kashmir, Gilgit–Baltistan and Punjab provinces of Pakistan. There are over 100,000[41] Kashmiri speakers in Pakistan.

Dari and Tajiki[edit]

Many Dari speakers and Tajiks, from Afghanistan have settled in Pakistan permanently. There are also Tajiks refugees from Tajikistan that have settled in Pakistan.

Arabic[edit]

Arabic is considered to be the religious language of Pakistan. The Quran, Sunnah, Hadith and Muslim theology is taught in Arabic with Urdu translation. The large numbers of Pakistanis living in the Persian Gulf region and in other Middle Eastern countries has further increased the number of people who can speak Arabic in Pakistan. Arabic is taught as a religious language in Mosques, Schools, Colleges, Universities and Madrassahs. Nearly all of Pakistan's Muslim population has had some form of education in the reading, writing and pronunciation of the Arabic language.

Many Arabs who took part in Afghanistan war have now settled in Pakistan permanently with their families. Millions of Pakistanis that have worked in Middle East also speak Arabic as a second language.

Turkic[edit]

Turkic languages were used by the ruling Turco-Mongols (or Mughals) and earlier Sultans of India many of whom have settled in Pakistan. There are pockets of Turkic speakers found throughout the country, notably in the valleys in the countries northern regions which lie adjacent to Central Asia and Afghanistan, western Pakistani region of Waziristan principally around Kanigoram where the Burki tribe dwells and in Pakistan's urban centres of Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. The autobiography of Mughal emperor Babur, Tuzk Babari was also written in Turkish.

Many Turkic speaking refugees, Uzbeks and Turkmens, from Afghanistan have settled in Pakistan permanently. They are also Uzbeks and Turkmen refugees that have moved from Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan and settled in Pakistan. Turkey also provides scholarships to large number of Pakistani students to study in Turkish universities.

The word Urdu is of Turkic origin, as Urdu was originally called Zaban-e-Ordu or language of the Army, Ordu means army in many Turkic languages.

Other Pakistani languages[edit]

Numerous other languages are spoken by relatively small numbers of people, especially in some of the more remote and isolated places in, for example, the Northern Areas of Pakistan.[42] Other Indo-European languages spoken in Pakistan include Pothohari, Shina,Balti, Gujjari, Kutchi, Wakhi, Kashmiri, Marwari, Memoni, Khowar, and Dari Persian. Non-Indo-European languages include Brahui and Burushaski, a language isolate.

There are some languages that are spoken by less than a thousand people, such as Aer.

Classification[edit]

Indo-European[edit]

Most of Pakistan's languages are Indo-European languages and within the smaller Indo-Iranian sub-branch.

Indo-Aryan languages[edit]

Around 80% of Pakistan's population speak one or more of the various Indo-Aryan languages. Usually concentrated in the heavily populated areas east of the Indus river, the Indo-Aryan languages and their cultures form the predominant cultural group in the country. They derive their roots from the Sanskrit language of Aryan invadors and are later heavily influenced by the languages of the later Muslim arrivals (i.e., Turkish, Persian, and Arabic), and are all written in a variant of either the Arabic or Nastaliq script. Urdu, the country's national language, is an Indo-Aryan tongue. Punjabi, Hindko and Seraiki, all mutually intelligible, are classified by linguists as dialects of an Indo-Aryan speech called Lahnda,[43] also spelled as Lehnda. These are also, to a lesser extent, mutually intelligible with Urdu. Added together, speakers of these mutually-intelligible languages make up nearly two-thirds of Pakistan's population. Sindhi is the common language of the people of Sindh in southern Pakistan and has a rich literary history of its own, traced back to the era of the early Arab arrivals. The Dardic languages of Gilgit–Baltistan, Azad Kashmir and the northwestern mountains are sometimes classified by many linguists as belonging to the Indo-Aryan family. Other Indo-Aryan languages include Gujarati, Kutchi, Memoni and others. There were no aryan invaders. The Sanskrit language was spoken by native bharatvasis.

Dardic languages[edit]

The Dardic languages are spoken in the northern Pakistan. They include Shina (spoken in Gilgit, Chilas and Diamar), Khowar (spoken in Chitral, Ghizer, Swat and the balti language (spoken in [baltistan] including [skardu] district and [Ghanche] district. Majority of population living in the valley of Hunza, Nagar and Yasin speak Mishaski. Kalam Valley of upper Swat), Kalash (spoken by Kalash tribe), Kohistani (spoken in upper Swat and Kohistan) and Kashmiri mostly by Immigrants from Kashmir valley and by a few in the Neelum District.

Kashmiri spoken in north east Azad Kashmir and the adjacent Kashmir valley, (not to be confused with Pahari language spoken in the lower Azad Kashmir) is one of the Dardic languages that has a literary tradition that goes well back into the history whereas other Dardic languages spoken in northern Pakistan, do not have written literature. It is believed to be the result of the northern areas of Pakistan having remained isolated in the mountain valleys from the others for centuries.

Iranian[edit]

Pashto, Yidgha and Wakhi are Eastern Iranian languages spoken in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and the Gilgit–Baltistan region of Pakistan. Balochi spoken in Balochistan is classified as a members of the Northwestern Iranian languages.[44] If combined, Iranian peoples who speak Pashto, Balochi, Yidgha and Wakhi comprise about 18% of the population of Pakistan, and are concentrated in the northwest and west of Pakistan.

Brahui[edit]

Brahui may or may not be a language isolate and many origins have been hypothesized for it including Iranian and Dravidian.[38] spoken in southern Pakistan, primarily in Kalat in Balochistan. The Brahui population of Balochistan has been taken by some as the linguistic equivalent of a relict population, perhaps indicating that Dravidian languages were formerly much more widespread and were supplanted by the incoming Indo-Aryan languages.[39] However it has now been demonstrated that the Brahui could only have migrated to Balochistan from central India after 1000 CE. The absence of any Avestan, an older Iranian language, loanwords in Brahui supports this hypothesis. The main Iranian contributor to Brahui vocabulary, Balochi, is a western Iranian language like Kurdish, and moved to the area from the west only around 1000 CE.[40]

Burushaski[edit]

Burushaski is a language isolate, spoken by Burusho people in Hunza, Nagar, Yasin, and parts of the Gilgit valleys in the Gilgit–Baltistan region of Pakistan.

SHINA[edit]

shina the largest language spoken in Gilgit-Baltistan in diamer,ghizer,some areas of baltistan, district gilgit and Nagar district.

Religion[edit]

Main article: Religion in Pakistan

According to the CIA World Factbook, Library of Congress, Oxford University, over 97% of the population of Pakistan is Muslim and the remaining 3% is Christian, Hindu and others.[45][46][47] Majority of the Muslims practice Sunni with a significant minority of Shi'as who make up 15–25% as well as some Ahmadis.[45][46][47][48][49][50][51]

Nearly all Pakistani Sunni Muslims belong to the Hanafi school, although there are some Hanbalis and Ahlul Hadeeth. The majority of Shia Muslims belong to the Ithnā‘Ashariyyah branch,[45] while a smaller number practice Ismailism. There are small non-Muslim religious groups, including Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Parsis, Bahá'ís and Zoroastrians (Parsis).

The religious breakdown of the Pakistani population is as follows:

Pakistanis around the world[edit]

 Saudi Arabia1,500,000
 United Arab Emirates1,200,000
 United Kingdom1,173,892
 United States600,410[53] –
 Canada350,000
 Kuwait100,000
 Oman85,000
 Germany52,668
 Qatar52,500
 France50,000
 Norway35,000
 Denmark21,000
 Ireland9,501

Suffix of regions and towns[edit]

Main article: Geography of Pakistan

Parts of region and settlement names:

See also[edit]

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