18,000 in Afghanistan (2011), increasing. Population total all countries: 20,000. 3,600 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 18,000.
Nurestan Province, lower Bashgal valley, Kamdesh and Kishtoz villages.
Shekhani. Related to Kati [bsh].
Outside of language area, shifting towards majority language. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. 14,400 also use Northern Pashto [pbu].