Do you know what are the top native and first languages in Pakistan? Here’s a list of top seven languages:
Updated March 2016: Punjabi 48%, Sindhi 12%, Saraiki (a Punjabi variant) 10%, Pashto (alternate name, Pashtu) 8%, Urdu (official) 8%, Balochi 3%, Hindko 2%, Brahvi 1%, English (official; lingua franca of Pakistani elite and most government ministries), Burushaski, and others 8%.
Data may vary because of estimation.
The above data is from CIA Pakistan Factbook 2016. CIA stats include only first native languages.
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A full breakdown of all languages in Pakistan on this Ethnologue website.
Language diversity in Pakistan
News update: 8 September 2015: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday ordered the concerned authorities to immediately enforce Urdu as official language at the government offices.
On August 26, a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja had reserved decision on the petitions pertaining to promotion and implementation of the national language.
VIDEO: Check out Wali Zahid speaking in BBC Urdu Google Hangout on Supreme Court directive to use Urdu as official language in Pakistan.
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