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From Pakistan (Wikipedia) - Pakistani people   (Redirected from Pakistani) "Pakistani" redirects here. For other uses, see Pakistani (disambiguation).This article is about people from Pakistan as an ethnic identity and nation. For information on the population of Pakistan, see Demographics of Pakistan. Pakistanis پاكِستانى قوم Total population Regions with significant populations  United States  Saudi Arabia  United Kingdom  United Arab Emirates  KuwaitCanada  Italy  Oman  Greece  France  Germany  Qatar  Spain  Bahrain  China  Norway  Denmark  Australia  South Korea  Netherlands  Hong Kong  Japan Languages Religion
Muhammad Ali Jinnah Allama Iqbal Liaquat Ali Khan Muhammad Zafarullah Khan Fatima Jinnah
Abdus Salam Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Ayub Khan Akhtar Hameed Khan Mahbub ul Haq
Imran Khan Benazir Bhutto Zafarullah Khan Jamali Pervez Musharraf Abdul Sattar Edhi
Jahangir Khan Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Wasim Akram Abida Parveen Shahid Afridi
187 million approx. 2.7% of the world''s population
Pakistan: 187,000,000 (2011)
1,100,000+ (2013)
Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashto, Balochi, Kashmiri, Brahui, Balti and others
Islam 97% (majority Sunni, while 20% being Shia) with Christian, Hindu, Sikh and Bahai minorities
Culture of Pakistan Traditions Cuisine Sport
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Pakistani people (Urdu: پاكِستانى قوم‎ Pakistani Qaum) are the people who are citizens of the modern State of Pakistan. As of 2011, the estimated population of Pakistan was over 187 million making it the world''s sixth most-populous country. Pakistan is a multi-ethnic and multilingual state, and its people are predominantly Indo-European both ethnically and linguistically, varying between Indo-Aryan and Iranian subgroups.

  • 1 Ethnic groups
  • 2 Culture
  • 3 Languages
  • 4 Religion
  • 5 Diaspora
  • 6 Notable people
  • 7 Further reading
  • 8 References

Ethnic groups Main article: Ethnic groups in Pakistan

Pakistan has one of the world''s fastest growing populations. As the country is located in South Asia the Pakistani people are a mixture of various ethnic groups. Furthermore, various ethnic groups, invading armies and the migrations to the region by people passing through on their way to and from Indus have left their imprint on the population.

Pakistani people belong predominantly to seven ethno-linguistic groups: Punjabis, Sindhis, Seraikis, Pashtuns, Mohajirs, Balochs, and Kashmiris, Ranghar, with smaller numbers of Brahuis, Hindkowans, Chitralis and other small, minority ethnic groups in the remote north of the country.

In the west, the Pashtun people have been settled in the western banks of the Indus and are believed to have originated from the Sulaiman Mountains of Pakistan. The Baloch people inhabit the southwest of the country and are believed to be settlers from far off Aleppo (in modern day Syria) who arrived to the region and assimilated into the local peoples and gave their name to the province of Balochistan. The Punjabi people, the largest ethnic group in Pakistan, reside predominantly in Central and some Northern regions as well. Punjabis have been the primary inhabitants of the historical Punjab region which derives its name from the Persian Panj meaning five (5) and Ab meaning water(s); hence the land of five rivers or Panj-Ab. Considerable population of Punjabis live in Karachi as well. The Sindhi people, on the other hand have been settled in the southeast of the country and gave their name to the mighty Indus/Sindhu river, while regional groups such as the Seraiki people have inhabited the regions between Punjab and Sindh. The Kashmiri people are an important ethnic group of the Kashmir region in the north. There are other important indigenous people like the Balti, Hunzakots, and Gilgiti people(s) of the northern territories of Gilgit through whose territory ran the ancient Silk Route connecting Asia and Europe. The Chitrali people are another indigenous people who live high in the mountains in the northwest. Along with these main groups, there are smaller communities of Sheedi''s who are descendants of African sailors and warriors who are believed to have arrived from the horn of Africa as well as Muhajir people who came as refugees from India when Pakistan attained its independence from Britain in 1947. There are countless other ethnic groups that make up part of Pakistani''s mosaic such as the Bengalis, Burmese, Hazara, Tajik, Tajiks, Arab and Hakka; the last are an ethnic group that traces its origin to China.

Culture Main article: Culture of Pakistan

Pakistan has a heterogeneous culture, with all of the provinces maintaining differing social mores. However, Islam is the driving force behind the unity of varying ethnic groups from different parts of the country, and has significantly shaped the values and traditions of Pakistanis. Pakistani culture falls in the category of high context.

Languages Main article: Languages of Pakistan

In Pakistan, Urdu is mostly learned as a second or a third language; nearly 93% of Pakistan''s population has a mother tongue other than Urdu. Despite this, Urdu was chosen as a token of unity and as a lingua franca so as not to give any native Pakistani language preference over the other. Urdu is therefore spoken and understood by the vast majority in some form or another. Urdu is the national language of Pakistan and spoken as a first, second or at times third tongue by almost all Pakistani people; although there are numerous regional and provincial languages which are spoken as first languages by the ethno-linguistic groups making up the country. English is spoken at an official level and is a legacy of the long British Raj colonial rule in the region. Although English is used in most elite circles, but Punjabi has a plurality of native speakers with 45% of the total population.

Many Pakistanis worldwide speak the various regional languages of Pakistan such as: Urdu, Saraiki, Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashto, Balochi, Kashmiri, and Arabic. Overseas Pakistanis also speak many of the national languages of the country such as: English, Norwegian, German, Japanese, French, Swedish, Persian, Arabic, Dutch, etc.

Religion Main article: Religion in Pakistan Further information: Islam in Pakistan Diaspora Main article: Pakistani diaspora

There are large populations of Pakistani ancestry around the world, due to emigration. The population of Pakistanis abroad is considered to exceed seven million and can be found in the Middle East, North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Notable people Main article: List of Pakistanis Further reading
  • Starr, L.A. Frontier Folk of the Afghan Border—and Beyond. London: Church Missionary Society (1920).

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