37,700 (2001 census).
North Kashmir, Kargil district, mainly Suru valley; Dras valley, some in western Himalayas.
Similar to Balti [bft].
Dominant language in Kargil District. Low proficiency in Urdu [urd].
Ethnonym: Purig-pa. ‘Purig’, of Tibetan origin. People prefer to be culturally and linguistically identified with Tibet, although religiously with Islam. A Scheduled Tribe. Muslim (Shi’a).