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Do you know what are the top native and first languages in Pakistan?
Here’s a list of top eight languages:
Updated February 2020:
Saraiki (a Punjabi variant) 10%
Pashto (alternate name, Pashtu) 8%
Urdu (official) 8%
English (official; lingua franca of Pakistani elite and most government ministries), Burushaski, and all others 8%
Data may vary because of estimation.
The above data is from CIA Pakistan Factbook 2020. CIA stats include only first native languages.
The data usually surprises many because without data, we have stereotypical notions about facts and issues, usually driven by a false media narrative.
Want to read more about Pakistani languages? Try wiki (no authenticity promised).
A full breakdown of all languages in Pakistan on this Ethnologue website.
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