Saraiki people

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The Saraikis (Saraiki: سرائیکی قوم‎), also known as Multanis,[1] are an ethnolinguistic group in central and southeastern Pakistan, primarily southern Punjab. Their language is Saraiki.[2] Saraiki people did not see themselves as a distinct ethnic group until the 1960s.[3] An Islamic identity formed the basis of the majority community's group consciousness for centuries prior to the establishment of Pakistan.[3]

The Saraiki people follow many religions, though most are predominantly followers of Islam. A small minority of Saraikis follow Christianity, Sikhism and Hinduism. After the independence of Pakistan in 1947,[4] some of the minority Hindus and Sikhs migrated to India.

Total population
20 million
Regions with significant populations
 Pakistan 20,000,000

Predominantly Sunni Islam

Minority Hinduism, Christianity and Sikhism
Saraiki children
Saraiki children

See also


  1. ^ Bhatia, Tej K.; Ritchie, William C. (2008-04-15). The Handbook of Bilingualism. John Wiley & Sons. p. 803. ISBN 9780470756744.
  2. ^ Minahan, James. Ethnic Groups of South Asia and the Pacific: An Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. p. 283. ISBN 9781598846591.
  3. ^ a b Minahan, James (2012). Ethnic Groups of South Asia and the Pacific: An Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9781598846591.
  4. ^ Aslam Rasoolpuri, Siraiki Qumi Sawal

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