16,000 (2000 G. Erqing). Ethnic population: 20,400 (2000 G. Erqing).
Southwest Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Taxkorgan (Tashkurghan) area, Sarikol valley.
6b (Threatened). Language of recognized nationality: Tajik.
None known. Not intelligible with Shughni [sgh] of Tajikistan and Afghanistan.
Different from Tajiki [tgk] of Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Iran. The label Tajik is used in different ways in different countries. Muslim (Ismaili).