10,000,000 in Pakistan (1998 census). Population total all countries: 64,035,800. L2 users: 94,000,000 in Pakistan (1999).
1 (National). Statutory national language (1973, Constitution, Article 251(1)).
Intelligible with Hindi, but formal vocabulary borrowed from Arabic and Persian. Dakhini dialect of Urdu [urd] in India has fewer Persian and Arabic loans than Urdu. Rekhta is a form of Urdu used in poetry.
All domains. All ages.