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ABOUT HINDKO
Hindko is an old and important language spoken in parts of Northern Pakistan. There are varouis dialects of this Indo-Aryan language. The population of Hindko speaking people is nearly four million and make up 2.4% of the country's total population. They are primarily located in the Northwestern Frontier. There is good number of hindko speaking people in Kashmir region. Hindko is divided into two sub-groups, Northern and Southern, as well as a number of dialects, including Kaghani. Unfortunately, very little detail is known about the specific lifestyle or culture of this people group on international level and in cyber space.
Religios Division
The Hindko are 98% Muslim, with approximately 2% being Christian and other minorities.
Hazars of Baluchistan
Hazars of Baluchistan or Afghanistan should not he confused with Hindko speaking region of Hazara in Northern Pakistan. Baluch/Afghan Hazaras are of Iranain origon and speak persian or its dialect.

Northern Hindko
HINDKO, NORTHERN (HAZARA HINDKO, HINDKI, KAGHANI, KAGANI) [HNO] 1,875,000 (1981 census); both Hindko languages had 305,505 households, 2.4% of the population (1981 census). Total Hindko in Pakistan 3,000,000 (1993). Hazara Division, Mansehra and Abbotabad districts, Indus and Kaghan valleys and valleys of Indus tributaries, NWFP. Rural and urban. Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan, Northwestern zone, Lahnda. Lexical similarities within Northern Hindko dialects are 82% to 92%; between Northern and Southern Hindko varieties 67% to 82%. Also related to Panjabi, Siraiki, and Pahari-Potwari; which have all been called 'Greater Panjabi', forming part of 'Lahnda'. Literacy rate probably below 20%. Perso-Arabic script is used. In recent years there have been some publications, mainly poetry. Some radio and television broadcasts. Second languages are Urdu for the educated, with varied proficiency, and Pashto or Panjabi. Bilingual proficiency is generally limited. Plains, low hills. Sunni Muslim.


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Sothern Hindko
HINDKO, SOUTHERN [HIN] 625,000 (1981 census). Attock District, Punjab Province, and into the southernmost portion of Hazara Division, NWFP; Kohat and Peshawar districts, NWFP. Rural and urban. Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan, Northwestern zone, Lahnda. Dialects: PESHAWAR HINDKO (PESHAWARI), ATTOCK HINDKO (ATTOCK-HARIPUR HINDKO), KOHAT HINDKO (KOHATI), RURAL PESHAWAR HINDKO. Investigation of intelligibility of Peshawar dialect with others is needed. Most people have limited bilingual proficiency in Urdu, Pashto, Panjabi, or other languages. Urdu is known by educated speakers. Perso-Arabic script is used. Peshawari has a literary tradition, and is being promoted as standard within NWFP. Radio and television broadcasts. The dialect in Dera Ismail Khan, sometimes called 'Hindko', is apparently closer to Siraiki. Plains, low hills. Sunni Muslim.
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