18,700,000 in Pakistan (2013 SIL). Population total all countries: 20,540,000. Ethnic population: Possibly 49,600,000 Pashto in all countries.
Afghanistan border, most of NWFP, Yusufzai, and Peshawar.
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].
Arabic script [Arab], Nastaliq and Naskh styles.
Muslim (Sunni), Muslim (Shi’a).