10,000 (Johnstone and Mandryk 2001).
Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and Kargil districts along Indus river; northern Kashmir, Garkhon area, including Darchiks, Chulichan, Gurgurdo, Batalik, and Dah villages.
Many are fluent in Ladakhi [lbj].
Broq-pa is a Scheduled Tribe. A very divergent variety of Shina [scl]. Minaro is an alternate ethnic name. Ethnonym: Brokpa by Ladakhi. Glossonym: Brokskat, and is the oldest surviving member of the ancient Dardic language. Buddhist, traditional religion, Muslim.