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Saraiki people

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Total population
(20 million)
Regions with significant populations
 Pakistan 20,000,000
Islam sunni
Saraiki children

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]

The Saraiki people follow many religions, among them mostly Islam. A small minority of Saraikis follow Christianity, Sikhism and Hinduism. After the independence of Pakistan in 1947,[3] some of the minority Hindus and Sikhs migrated to India.

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. ^ Aslam Rasoolpuri, Siraiki Qumi Sawal