13 Surprising Facts About Languages In Pakistan
- There are more Pashto speakers in Karachi than in any other city or town in the Pakhtun heartland of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK).
- There are many Baloch tribes settled in Sindh and southern Punjab, but they speak and identify themselves as Sindhis and Seraikis, respectively. Around 40% of people who identify themselves as Sindhis have Baloch ancestry.
- Pashto is dominant in Northern Balochistan and Balochi is rarely spoken.
- The ‘Urdu-speaking’ people are not a monolithic ethnic group. They have different cultures and ethnic groups within themselves. Not surprisingly, some don’t even speak Urdu as their first language.
- The Burushaski language spoken in Gilgit-Baltistan is one of the most unique languages in the world as it is considered a language isolate.
- Brahui is a South-Indian Dravidian language spoken in some parts of Balochistan. It is cut off from the rest of the Dravidian languages, which are spoken exclusively in South India and Sri Lanka.
- The Kashmiri language is barely spoken in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK), where people mostly speak Pahari–Pothwari with its various dialects.
- Gujarati was the first language of Quid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah, not Urdu.
- Karachi is the capital of Sindh. Yet, less than 10% of Karachi’s population speaks Sindhi.
- The Dhatki language is a dialect of Rajasthani spoken by the majority in the Tharparkar district of Sindh. Nevertheless, due to political reasons, people in Tharparkar identify themselves as Sindhis.
- There were once hundreds of Indian languages spoken in Karachi. However, with the rise of Urdu as the connecting language of all Karachiites, the Indian languages have declined and even vanished.
- Pashto has two main dialects: soft and hard. The soft dialect is spoken in places like Quetta and Waziristan. The hard one is spoken in Peshawar, Mardan, Swat, and other areas.
- The majority of the Rohingyas in Pakistan do not speak the Rohingya language but rather Bengali (due to assimilation with Bengalis).
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