Hindko, Southern

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A language of Pakistan

Alternate Names
Hindko
Autonym
ہندکو‎ (Hindko)
Population

625,000 (1981 census). Total Hindko in Pakistan 3,690,000 (2014 World Factbook).

Location

Khyber Pakhtunkwa province: Kohat and Peshawar districts; Punjab province: Attock district, to south Hazara division; Islamabad.

Language Status

5* (Developing).

Dialects

Peshawar Hindko (Peshawari), Attock Hindko (Attock-Haripur Hindko), Kohat Hindko (Kohati), Rural Peshawar Hindko. The dialect in Dera Ismail Khan, sometimes called ‘Hindko’, is reportedly more similar to Saraiki [skr]. A member of macrolanguage Lahnda [lah].

Language Use

Also use Northern Pashto [pbu], Saraiki [skr], Urdu [urd], Western Punjabi [pnb].

Language Development

Literature. Newspapers. Periodicals. Radio. TV. Videos.

Writing

Arabic script, Naskh variant [Arab]. Arabic script, Nastaliq variant [Aran], primary usage.

Other Comments

Muslim.

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