Hindko, Northern


A language of Pakistan

Alternate Names
Hazara Hindko, Hindko, Kagani, Kaghani, “Hindki” (pej.)
ہندکو‬‎ (Hindko)

1,880,000 (1981 census), increasing. Total Hindko in Pakistan 3,690,000 (2014 World Factbook).


Azad Kashmir province: Muzaffarabad district, and Islamabad; Khyber Pakhtunkwa province: Hazara division, Abbotabad and Mansehra districts; Indus and Kaghan valleys and Indus valley tributaries.

Language Status

5 (Developing).


Abbottabad Hindko, Galiyat Hindko, Haripur Hindko, Mansehra Hindko (Muko-Tuko), Tanoli Hindko. Also related to Punjabi [pnb], Saraiki [skr], and Pahari-Potwari [phr]; which have all been called Greater Punjabi, forming part of Lahnda [lah]. Lexical similaritiy: 82%–92% with Northern Hindko dialects, 67%–82% with Northern and Southern Hindko [hnd] varieties, 36% with Mankiyali [nlm]. A member of macrolanguage Lahnda [lah].

Language Use

All domains, except education. Used by all. Positive attitudes. Also use Saraiki [skr]. Also use Urdu [urd], especially the educated, but with varied proficiency. Also use Western Punjabi [pnb], with low proficiency. Used as L2 by Kundal Shahi [shd], Mankiyali [nlm].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L2: Below 20%. Pilot multilingual education program in development. Literature. Newspapers. Radio. TV. Videos. Texts.


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

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