18,000 in Afghanistan (2011), increasing. 3,600 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 18,000. Total users in all countries: 20,000.
Nurestan province: Kamdesh and Kishtoz villages in lower Bashgal valley.
Shekhani. Related to Kati [bsh].
Outside of language area, shifting towards majority language. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Most also use Northern Pashto [pbu].