Balochi, Western

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A language of Pakistan

Alternate Names
Baloci, Baluchi, Baluci
Population

1,116,000 in Pakistan (1998). Population total all countries: 1,799,840.

Location

Northwest Baluchistan Province. Also in Afghanistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan.

Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

Lashari, Rakhshani (Raxshani), Sarawani. Strongly influenced by Farsi, but not intelligible with Farsi [prs].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Literacy rate in L2: 5%–15%. Newspapers. Radio programs. Dictionary. Bible portions: 1984–2005.
Writing
Arabic script, Nastaliq style, used in Afghanistan.
Other Comments

Balochi is the official spelling in Pakistan. A small body of literature. Muslim (Sunni).

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