270,000 in Pakistan (2004 J. Leclerc). Total users in all countries: 289,200.
North-West Frontier Province, Chitral and Peshawar districts; Northern Areas, Gilgit district, Ghizr valley, Shandur pass to Gupis; Yasin and Ishkhoman valleys, north Swat valley, Ushu; probably in Rawalpindi and other northern cities.
3 (Wider communication).
North Khowar, South Khowar, East Khowar, Swat Khowar. Northern dialect considered more pure. Related to Kalasha [kls] but different. Lexical similarity: 86%–98% among dialects.