2,500 in Afghanistan (2009 S. Beck), decreasing. No monolinguals. Population total all countries: 3,000.
North of the town of Ishkashim, Xermani, Bahar Bazar, Zargaran, Darwan, Zayad, Qaz Deh villages. Also in Tajikistan.
Some parents used Dari [prs] with their children to provide them with better chances in school. Only now do the people realize that this might cause the language to become endangered. About half the households use Ishkashimi with the younger generation. Home, village. Older and middle generations; some younger people only speak Dari [prs]. Positive attitudes. Almost 100% bilingual in Dari [prs].
Most Sanglechi [sgy] have a positive attitude toward Ishkashimi and consider it closely related, whereas the Ishkashimi do not have a good attitude toward Sanglechi. Muslim (Ismaili).