Native and first languages in Pakistan


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.

Want to read more about Pakistani languages? Try wiki (no authenticity promised).

A full breakdown of all languages in Pakistan on this Ethnologue website.

Language diversity in Pakistan

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.

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  1. Its very surprising I expected chinese and Arabic plus english .well very happy to know that native speakers of hindi and urdu are in good number

  2. Thanks for sharing.

    Why Urdu and Hindi are treated under one category? Whereas there is huge difference in terminologies and meanings of many words.

  3. You researches about positive or informative aspect of Pakistan always inspires me. You are a true futurist.

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