10,000 (Johnstone and Mandryk 2001).
Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and Kargil districts along Indus river; northern Kashmir, Garkhon area, including Darchiks, Chulichan, Gurgurdo, Batalik, and Dah villages.
Also use Ladakhi [lbj].
Balti script [Qaab].
Broq-pa is a Scheduled Tribe. A very divergent variety of Shina [scl]. It is the oldest surviving member of the ancient Dardic language. Buddhist, Muslim, traditional religion.