Saraiki people

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Saraiki people
Total population
(20 million)
Regions with significant populations
 Pakistan 19,000,000[1]
 India 100,000
Islam; minority practice Hinduism
Related ethnic groups
Other Punjabi subgroups

The Saraiki people (Shahmukhi: سرائیکی قوم), also known as Multani people,[2] are a subgroup of Punjabi people in southern Punjab, Pakistan. They linguistically speak the Saraiki dialect of Punjabi.

The Saraiki-speaking people follow many religions, among them mostly Islam. A small minority of Seraiki follow Christianity, the Baha'i Faith, Sikhism and Hinduism. After the independence of Pakistan in 1947,[3] some of the minority Hindus and Sikhs migrated to India.[4] A significant number of Saraiki-speaking people also reside in Afghanistan and many also work in the Persian Gulf countries.[1]

See also[edit]


  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. ^ Aslam Rasoolpuri, Siraiki Qumi Sawal
  4. ^ Pierre Herman Leonard Eggermont. "Alexander's campaigns in Sind and Baluchistan and the siege of the Brahmin". pp 146.