18,700,000 in Pakistan (2013 SIL). Population total all countries: 21,038,000. Ethnic population: Possibly 49,600,000 Pashto in all countries.
Afghanistan border; most of North-West Frontier Province, Peshawar district and Yusufzai area; Federally Administered Tribal Areas, mainly central and northern areas; into Punjab Province, Mianwali district.
Eastern Afghan Pashto, Ningraharian Pashto, Northeastern Pashto. Much similarity with Northwestern Pashto in Afghanistan. Subdialects of Northeastern Pashto are Kohat (Khatak), Yusufzai (Peshawar), Afridi, Shinwari, Mohmand, Shilmani. Lexical similarity: 80% between Northeastern and Southwestern Pashto. A member of macrolanguage Pushto [pus].
Muslim (Sunni), Muslim (Shi’a).