Saraiki people

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Saraikis
Total population
(20 million)
Regions with significant populations
 Pakistan 19,000,000[1]
Languages
Punjabi
Religion
Islam
Related ethnic groups
Other Punjabi subgroups

The Saraikis (Punjabi: سرائیکی قوم), also known as Multanis,[2] are an ethnolinguistic group in central and southeastern Pakistan, primarily southern Punjab. They speak Saraiki, which is a closely related dialect of Punjabi.[3]

The Saraikis people follow many religions, among them mostly Islam. A small minority of Saraikis follow Christianity, the Baha'i Faith, Sikhism and Hinduism. After the independence of Pakistan in 1947,[4] some of the minority Hindus and Sikhs migrated to India.[5] [6] A significant number of Saraiki-speaking people also reside in Afghanistan and many also work in the Persian Gulf countries.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Saraiki". Ethnologue. 
  2. ^ Bhatia, Tej K.; Ritchie, William C. (2008-04-15). The Handbook of Bilingualism. John Wiley & Sons. p. 803. ISBN 9780470756744. 
  3. ^ Minahan, James. Ethnic Groups of South Asia and the Pacific: An Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. p. 283. ISBN 9781598846591. 
  4. ^ Aslam Rasoolpuri, Siraiki Qumi Sawal http://www.scribd.com/Rasoolpuri/documents
  5. ^ name=Pierre Herman Leonard Eggermont. "Alexander's campaigns in Sind and Baluchistan and the siege of the Brahmin"
  6. ^ Pierre Herman Leonard Eggermont. "Alexander's campaigns in Sind and Baluchistan and the siege of the Brahmin". pp 146.