Saraiki Motherland

Saraiki is the mother-tongue of more than 40 million people in the south-western Pakistani Punjab. In the following districts Saraikis are in large majority: Mianwali, Taank, Dera Ismail Khan, Dera Ghazi Khan Rajan Pur, Rahim Yarn Khan, Bahawalpur, Bahawal Nagar, Vehari, Khanewal, Multan, Muzaffar garh, Layyah, Bakhar, Jhang, Khushab and Sargodha.

More than 10 million Pakhtoon and Baloch tribes are bilingual and most of them use Saraiki as their first language. Saraiki is widely spoken and understood in some parts of Sindh province and is the third biggest language of Balochistan. There is a large number of Saraiki speaking people in India and other parts of the world.

Its nomenclature (Saraiki) has been given by Sindhi brothers as Punjab or Punjabi given by the Iranians. The modern movement of revival of the Saraiki language and culture is only 40 year old. In this short period, Saraiki wasaib produced printed literature (novels, short stories, poetry books, periodicals, news papers, booklets etc.), a large number of poets and lok singers. Two Saraiki T.V. channels Kook and Waseb are on air and more to be launched soon. Saraiki Departments have been established in universities in Multan and Bahawalpur. Several cultural organizations are proactive in the vast Saraiki wasaib organizing ‘mushairas’ and public meetings. Saraiki is also on the web and more than a dozen Saraiki websites are online including wasaib.com.

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