Pashayi or Pashai are a Dardic ethno-linguistic group living primarily in eastern Afghanistan. Their total population is estimated to be 500,000. They are mainly concentrated in the northern parts of [1 ] Laghman, Nangarhar, Kunar, Kapisa, Kabul, Baghlan, Nuristan, and also in Ghazni. Some believe the Pashai are descendants of ancient Gāndhārī. [2 ] Many Pashai consider themselves [3 ] Pashtuns speaking a special language, and many are bilingual in [4 ] Pashto. Pashai communities can also be found in the [1 ] Chitral district of northwestern Pakistan. The majority of Pashai are Sunni Muslims and are often referred to as , Kohistani while a minority are [4 ] Nizari Ismaili Muslims.
Pashae, or Pashie or ("Padshahi") are attributive plural forms, meaning
of the ("Kingdom" Padshahi"'). The Pashai are still found by that name in the Bamian and Lughman districts in the southern valleys [5 ] ”
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