People Around Pakistan Speak More Than 60 Languages

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Pakistan is a diverse country with a rich cultural heritage, and one of the ways this diversity manifests itself is through the many languages spoken by people around the country. In fact, Pakistan is home to more than 60 different languages, making it one of the most linguistically diverse countries in the world.

While Urdu is the official language of Pakistan, it is not the only language spoken by the people. In fact, Urdu is only the mother tongue of about 7% of the population. Punjabi is the most widely spoken language in Pakistan, accounting for about 48% of the population. Other major languages include Sindhi, Pashto, Balochi, Saraiki, and Kashmiri.

In addition to these major languages, there are many other languages spoken by smaller communities around the country. For example, in the northern areas of Pakistan, there are several languages spoken by different ethnic groups, such as Shina, Balti, and Wakhi. In the southern parts of the country, there are languages like Kutchi and Marwari spoken by the Hindu community.

Pakistan’s linguistic diversity is not just limited to its indigenous languages either. English is widely spoken in urban areas, especially among the educated population. It is also the language of instruction in many schools and universities.

One of the reasons for the vast linguistic diversity in Pakistan is the country’s history. Pakistan has been inhabited by many different ethnic groups over the centuries, each with their own language and culture. The country’s location at the crossroads of Central Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East has also played a role in shaping its linguistic landscape.

List of languages that are used a medium of communication in Pakistan

Languages In Punjab

  • Punjabi
  • Saraiki
  • Goaria
  • Domaki
  • Shekhawati

Languages in Sindh

  • Sindhi
  • Marwari
  • Thari
  • Parkari Koli
  • Dhatki
  • Badeshi
  • Gujrati
  • Memoni

Languages in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

  • Pashto
  • Hindko
  • Chitrali
  • Kalasha
  • Pashayi
  • Ormuri (Waziristan)
  • Dari
  • Yidgha
  • Kalkoti
  • Indus Kohistani
  • Torwali
  • Gawar-Bati
  • Kalami
  • Wakhi
  • Burushaski
  • Shumashti
  • Kohistani Shina
  • Jadgali
  • Phalura
  • Pashai
  • Balti
  • Bangru
  • Wotapuri-Katarqalai
  • Gawarbati
  • Grangali
  • Mandeali
  • Palula

KP government officially provides information about the languages spoken in the province

Languages in Balochistan

  • Balochi
  • Brahui
  • Lasi
  • Savi
  • Gawri
  • Khetrani
  • Koli
  • Sanglechi

Languages in Azad Jammu Kashmir & Gilgit Baltistan

  • Kashmiri
  • Shina
  • Balti
  • Khowar
  • Wakhi
  • Burushaski
  • Dameli
  • Gawri


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