GITNUX MARKETDATA REPORT 2024

Pakistans Most Spoken Language Statistics

The most spoken language in Pakistan is Punjabi, followed by Sindhi, Pashto, and Urdu.

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"More than 45% of Pakistanis speak Punjabi as a first language according to the 1998 Pakistan Census."

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"Around 15% of Pakistanis speak Sindhi as a first language according to the 1998 Pakistan Census."

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"Approximately 12% of Pakistanis speak Saraiki as a first language according to the 1998 Pakistan Census."

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"Around 10% of Pakistanis speak Pashto as a first language according to the 1998 Pakistan Census."

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"Urdu, although not the most widely spoken first language, is understood by over 75% of Pakistanis according to Britannica."

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"Only around 2% of Pakistanis speak Balochi as a first language, based on the 1998 Pakistan Census."

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"Hindko is first spoken language of 2.4% of Pakistanis as per 1998 Pakistan Census."

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"According to Ethnologue, almost 94% of the languages spoken in Pakistan are Indo-European."

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"Less than 1% of Pakistanis speak Brahui as a first language based on the 1998 Pakistan Census."

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"Despite being a national language, Urdu is the mother tongue of only 7.57% of Pakistan’s population according to the 2017 Pakistan Census."

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"Among nine languages, Punjabi has the highest percentage with 44.15% according to the 2017 Pakistan Census."

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"According to a 2019 survey, 48% of Pakistanis reported speaking at least two languages."

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"Based on the 2017 Pakistan Census, around 2.18% of the citizens speak “other” languages."

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"The Pakistan Census shows only 0.12% of citizens speak Farsi (Persian) as a first language."

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"Despite its status as native language, 75% of the Pakistani population has proficiency in Urdu."

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"English, although spoken by a small proportion as a first language, is also understood by a significant portion of the Pakistani population."

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"Sindhi, being the third most spoken native language in Pakistan, used by approximately 13.17% of the total population as estimated in 2017."

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"Pashto, the second largest regional language of Pakistan, is the mother tongue of 18.24% of Pakistan's population as of 2017 Census."

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"Around half of the population in Pakistan is bilingual according to a 2019 Gallup survey."

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