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  • 2017 census shows ratio of Urdu-speaking populace decreasing in Karachi.
  • Pakistan Bureau of Statistics recently released final results of sixth Population and Housing Census 2017.
  • Census considered to be ‘flawed’ by several political parties and experts, as well as the federal government.

The percentage of Urdu-speaking population has been decreasing with an influx of people speaking other languages in Karachi, according to Pakistan's 2017 census results which were released recently.

The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) recently released the final results of the sixth Population and Housing Census 2017, which is considered ‘flawed’ by several political parties and experts and the federal government.

Karachi is linguistically diverse, but has always considered to be predominantly inhabited by Urdu-speaking people.



But over the last four decades, demographic changes mainly caused by migration have slowly been changing the numbers of various ethnic communities living in the city, The News reported. The decrease in the ratio of the Urdu and Punjabi-speaking populace in Karachi has been a result of the increase in Pashto, Sindhi and Saraiki-speaking people, the publication said.



The census results showed that Sindh's capital is the most populated city of Pakistan, with a total population of 16,024,894, after the addition of over 6 million people since 1998.

The results include languages of Urdu, Punjabi, Pashto, Sindhi, Balochi, Kashmiri, Saraiki, Hindko, and Brahvi. Other languages spoken in Karachi, including Gujarati, Marwari and Bengali, are included in the ‘others’ section.

The publication highlighted some key findings from census results relating to the mother tongue of Karachi's residents.



Infographic by Faraz Maqbool
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Ratio of Urdu speakers declines

The ratio of Urdu-speaking people saw a stead decline over the last four decades, the census showed. This previously constituted more than half of the city’s population.

In the 2017 census, the Urdu-speaking population has been stated as 6,779,142. The period between the 1981 and 1998 censuses indicates a substantial decline in the proportion of Urdu speakers from 54.34% to 48.52%. From 1998 till 2017, that ratio has further declined to 42.30%

Pashto-speaking population increases
An increase in the percentage of the Pashto-speaking population in Karachi was seen in the census.

In 1981, the Pashto-speaking population in Karachi was 8.7%. It increased to 11.42% in 1998. In 2017, this figure jumped to 15.01%, with a total population of 2,406,011.

Hindko, mostly spoken in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Hazara division and urban centres of Peshawar and Kohat, has been added as a separate language. In Karachi, the Hindko-speaking population is 679,539, which forms 4.24% of the metropolis’s total population.

Punjabi speakers down to 10.73%
The Punjabi-speaking population constituted 13.64% of Karachi's population in 1981 and 13.94% in 1998. But in the last 19 years, the percentage has decreased to 10.73% with a population of 1,719,636.

Increase in Karachiites considering Sindhi their mother tongue
The 2017 census shows an increase in the population in Karachi of people with Sindhi being their mother tongue. The Sindhi-speaking population in the metropolis was 6.29% in 1981 and 7.22% in 1998. However, in 2017, it jumped to 10.67%, with a population of 1,709,877.

Baloch population
The Balochi-speaking population in Karachi was 4.39% in 1981 and 4.34% in 1998. However, in 2017, it declined to 4.04% with a population of 648,964.

Just like Pashto and Hindko, the Balochi category in the 2017 census was split into two categories of Balochi and Brahvi. The census data reveals that as many as 96,120 people in Karachi are Brahvi-speaking.

Saraiki population goes up
The Saraiki-speaking population in Karachi was just 0.35% of the total population of the city in 1981. In 1998, the ratio rose to 2.11%. The 2017 census shows that the population of Saraikis has increased in the city to 798,031, constituting 4.97% of the city’s populace.

Kashmiris, others
There are 63,784 people in Karachi, according to the 2017 census results, who say Kashmiri is their mother tongue. The Kashmiri-speaking people comprise 0.39% of the total population.

The census also shows that 1,123,790 people, who are 7.02% of Karachi’s population, speak languages other than those mentioned above.

The report does not mention which languages have been included in the ‘others’ section, but it is believed that they include languages like Gujarati, Marwari and Bengali among others.


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  • 2017 census shows ratio of Urdu-speaking populace decreasing in Karachi.
  • Pakistan Bureau of Statistics recently released final results of sixth Population and Housing Census 2017.
  • Census considered to be ‘flawed’ by several political parties and experts, as well as the federal government.

The percentage of Urdu-speaking population has been decreasing with an influx of people speaking other languages in Karachi, according to Pakistan's 2017 census results which were released recently.

The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) recently released the final results of the sixth Population and Housing Census 2017, which is considered ‘flawed’ by several political parties and experts and the federal government.

Karachi is linguistically diverse, but has always considered to be predominantly inhabited by Urdu-speaking people.



But over the last four decades, demographic changes mainly caused by migration have slowly been changing the numbers of various ethnic communities living in the city, The News reported. The decrease in the ratio of the Urdu and Punjabi-speaking populace in Karachi has been a result of the increase in Pashto, Sindhi and Saraiki-speaking people, the publication said.



The census results showed that Sindh's capital is the most populated city of Pakistan, with a total population of 16,024,894, after the addition of over 6 million people since 1998.

The results include languages of Urdu, Punjabi, Pashto, Sindhi, Balochi, Kashmiri, Saraiki, Hindko, and Brahvi. Other languages spoken in Karachi, including Gujarati, Marwari and Bengali, are included in the ‘others’ section.

The publication highlighted some key findings from census results relating to the mother tongue of Karachi's residents.



Infographic by Faraz Maqbool
Infographic by Faraz Maqbool
Ratio of Urdu speakers declines

The ratio of Urdu-speaking people saw a stead decline over the last four decades, the census showed. This previously constituted more than half of the city’s population.

In the 2017 census, the Urdu-speaking population has been stated as 6,779,142. The period between the 1981 and 1998 censuses indicates a substantial decline in the proportion of Urdu speakers from 54.34% to 48.52%. From 1998 till 2017, that ratio has further declined to 42.30%

Pashto-speaking population increases
An increase in the percentage of the Pashto-speaking population in Karachi was seen in the census.

In 1981, the Pashto-speaking population in Karachi was 8.7%. It increased to 11.42% in 1998. In 2017, this figure jumped to 15.01%, with a total population of 2,406,011.

Hindko, mostly spoken in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Hazara division and urban centres of Peshawar and Kohat, has been added as a separate language. In Karachi, the Hindko-speaking population is 679,539, which forms 4.24% of the metropolis’s total population.

Punjabi speakers down to 10.73%
The Punjabi-speaking population constituted 13.64% of Karachi's population in 1981 and 13.94% in 1998. But in the last 19 years, the percentage has decreased to 10.73% with a population of 1,719,636.

Increase in Karachiites considering Sindhi their mother tongue
The 2017 census shows an increase in the population in Karachi of people with Sindhi being their mother tongue. The Sindhi-speaking population in the metropolis was 6.29% in 1981 and 7.22% in 1998. However, in 2017, it jumped to 10.67%, with a population of 1,709,877.

Baloch population
The Balochi-speaking population in Karachi was 4.39% in 1981 and 4.34% in 1998. However, in 2017, it declined to 4.04% with a population of 648,964.

Just like Pashto and Hindko, the Balochi category in the 2017 census was split into two categories of Balochi and Brahvi. The census data reveals that as many as 96,120 people in Karachi are Brahvi-speaking.

Saraiki population goes up
The Saraiki-speaking population in Karachi was just 0.35% of the total population of the city in 1981. In 1998, the ratio rose to 2.11%. The 2017 census shows that the population of Saraikis has increased in the city to 798,031, constituting 4.97% of the city’s populace.

Kashmiris, others
There are 63,784 people in Karachi, according to the 2017 census results, who say Kashmiri is their mother tongue. The Kashmiri-speaking people comprise 0.39% of the total population.

The census also shows that 1,123,790 people, who are 7.02% of Karachi’s population, speak languages other than those mentioned above.

The report does not mention which languages have been included in the ‘others’ section, but it is believed that they include languages like Gujarati, Marwari and Bengali among others.


@PaklovesTurkiye @Areesh @Syed1.
I see nothing wrong with that though from my observation the bulk of the growth happened in low income ghots
  • 2017 census shows ratio of Urdu-speaking populace decreasing in Karachi.
  • Pakistan Bureau of Statistics recently released final results of sixth Population and Housing Census 2017.
  • Census considered to be ‘flawed’ by several political parties and experts, as well as the federal government.

The percentage of Urdu-speaking population has been decreasing with an influx of people speaking other languages in Karachi, according to Pakistan's 2017 census results which were released recently.

The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) recently released the final results of the sixth Population and Housing Census 2017, which is considered ‘flawed’ by several political parties and experts and the federal government.

Karachi is linguistically diverse, but has always considered to be predominantly inhabited by Urdu-speaking people.



But over the last four decades, demographic changes mainly caused by migration have slowly been changing the numbers of various ethnic communities living in the city, The News reported. The decrease in the ratio of the Urdu and Punjabi-speaking populace in Karachi has been a result of the increase in Pashto, Sindhi and Saraiki-speaking people, the publication said.



The census results showed that Sindh's capital is the most populated city of Pakistan, with a total population of 16,024,894, after the addition of over 6 million people since 1998.

The results include languages of Urdu, Punjabi, Pashto, Sindhi, Balochi, Kashmiri, Saraiki, Hindko, and Brahvi. Other languages spoken in Karachi, including Gujarati, Marwari and Bengali, are included in the ‘others’ section.

The publication highlighted some key findings from census results relating to the mother tongue of Karachi's residents.



Infographic by Faraz Maqbool
Infographic by Faraz Maqbool
Ratio of Urdu speakers declines

The ratio of Urdu-speaking people saw a stead decline over the last four decades, the census showed. This previously constituted more than half of the city’s population.

In the 2017 census, the Urdu-speaking population has been stated as 6,779,142. The period between the 1981 and 1998 censuses indicates a substantial decline in the proportion of Urdu speakers from 54.34% to 48.52%. From 1998 till 2017, that ratio has further declined to 42.30%

Pashto-speaking population increases
An increase in the percentage of the Pashto-speaking population in Karachi was seen in the census.

In 1981, the Pashto-speaking population in Karachi was 8.7%. It increased to 11.42% in 1998. In 2017, this figure jumped to 15.01%, with a total population of 2,406,011.

Hindko, mostly spoken in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Hazara division and urban centres of Peshawar and Kohat, has been added as a separate language. In Karachi, the Hindko-speaking population is 679,539, which forms 4.24% of the metropolis’s total population.

Punjabi speakers down to 10.73%
The Punjabi-speaking population constituted 13.64% of Karachi's population in 1981 and 13.94% in 1998. But in the last 19 years, the percentage has decreased to 10.73% with a population of 1,719,636.

Increase in Karachiites considering Sindhi their mother tongue
The 2017 census shows an increase in the population in Karachi of people with Sindhi being their mother tongue. The Sindhi-speaking population in the metropolis was 6.29% in 1981 and 7.22% in 1998. However, in 2017, it jumped to 10.67%, with a population of 1,709,877.

Baloch population
The Balochi-speaking population in Karachi was 4.39% in 1981 and 4.34% in 1998. However, in 2017, it declined to 4.04% with a population of 648,964.

Just like Pashto and Hindko, the Balochi category in the 2017 census was split into two categories of Balochi and Brahvi. The census data reveals that as many as 96,120 people in Karachi are Brahvi-speaking.

Saraiki population goes up
The Saraiki-speaking population in Karachi was just 0.35% of the total population of the city in 1981. In 1998, the ratio rose to 2.11%. The 2017 census shows that the population of Saraikis has increased in the city to 798,031, constituting 4.97% of the city’s populace.

Kashmiris, others
There are 63,784 people in Karachi, according to the 2017 census results, who say Kashmiri is their mother tongue. The Kashmiri-speaking people comprise 0.39% of the total population.

The census also shows that 1,123,790 people, who are 7.02% of Karachi’s population, speak languages other than those mentioned above.

The report does not mention which languages have been included in the ‘others’ section, but it is believed that they include languages like Gujarati, Marwari and Bengali among others.


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I see nothing wrong with that though from my observation the bulk of the growth happened in low income ghots
 

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I see nothing wrong with that though from my observation the bulk of the growth happened in low income ghots

I see nothing wrong with that though from my observation the bulk of the growth happened in low income ghots
The decrease in the ratio of the Urdu and Punjabi-speaking populace in Karachi has been a result of the increase in Pashto, Sindhi and Saraiki-speaking people.

Looks like preplanned conspiracy against urdu speaking. first they took jobs, quota and now home. Ofcourse those who dont have anything or not living in karachi by birth wouldnt understand for them karachi sab ka hai because of their own benefits.
 

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  • 2017 census shows ratio of Urdu-speaking populace decreasing in Karachi.
  • Pakistan Bureau of Statistics recently released final results of sixth Population and Housing Census 2017.
  • Census considered to be ‘flawed’ by several political parties and experts, as well as the federal government.

The percentage of Urdu-speaking population has been decreasing with an influx of people speaking other languages in Karachi, according to Pakistan's 2017 census results which were released recently.

The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) recently released the final results of the sixth Population and Housing Census 2017, which is considered ‘flawed’ by several political parties and experts and the federal government.

Karachi is linguistically diverse, but has always considered to be predominantly inhabited by Urdu-speaking people.



But over the last four decades, demographic changes mainly caused by migration have slowly been changing the numbers of various ethnic communities living in the city, The News reported. The decrease in the ratio of the Urdu and Punjabi-speaking populace in Karachi has been a result of the increase in Pashto, Sindhi and Saraiki-speaking people, the publication said.



The census results showed that Sindh's capital is the most populated city of Pakistan, with a total population of 16,024,894, after the addition of over 6 million people since 1998.

The results include languages of Urdu, Punjabi, Pashto, Sindhi, Balochi, Kashmiri, Saraiki, Hindko, and Brahvi. Other languages spoken in Karachi, including Gujarati, Marwari and Bengali, are included in the ‘others’ section.

The publication highlighted some key findings from census results relating to the mother tongue of Karachi's residents.



Infographic by Faraz Maqbool
Infographic by Faraz Maqbool
Ratio of Urdu speakers declines

The ratio of Urdu-speaking people saw a stead decline over the last four decades, the census showed. This previously constituted more than half of the city’s population.

In the 2017 census, the Urdu-speaking population has been stated as 6,779,142. The period between the 1981 and 1998 censuses indicates a substantial decline in the proportion of Urdu speakers from 54.34% to 48.52%. From 1998 till 2017, that ratio has further declined to 42.30%

Pashto-speaking population increases
An increase in the percentage of the Pashto-speaking population in Karachi was seen in the census.

In 1981, the Pashto-speaking population in Karachi was 8.7%. It increased to 11.42% in 1998. In 2017, this figure jumped to 15.01%, with a total population of 2,406,011.

Hindko, mostly spoken in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Hazara division and urban centres of Peshawar and Kohat, has been added as a separate language. In Karachi, the Hindko-speaking population is 679,539, which forms 4.24% of the metropolis’s total population.

Punjabi speakers down to 10.73%
The Punjabi-speaking population constituted 13.64% of Karachi's population in 1981 and 13.94% in 1998. But in the last 19 years, the percentage has decreased to 10.73% with a population of 1,719,636.

Increase in Karachiites considering Sindhi their mother tongue
The 2017 census shows an increase in the population in Karachi of people with Sindhi being their mother tongue. The Sindhi-speaking population in the metropolis was 6.29% in 1981 and 7.22% in 1998. However, in 2017, it jumped to 10.67%, with a population of 1,709,877.

Baloch population
The Balochi-speaking population in Karachi was 4.39% in 1981 and 4.34% in 1998. However, in 2017, it declined to 4.04% with a population of 648,964.

Just like Pashto and Hindko, the Balochi category in the 2017 census was split into two categories of Balochi and Brahvi. The census data reveals that as many as 96,120 people in Karachi are Brahvi-speaking.

Saraiki population goes up
The Saraiki-speaking population in Karachi was just 0.35% of the total population of the city in 1981. In 1998, the ratio rose to 2.11%. The 2017 census shows that the population of Saraikis has increased in the city to 798,031, constituting 4.97% of the city’s populace.

Kashmiris, others
There are 63,784 people in Karachi, according to the 2017 census results, who say Kashmiri is their mother tongue. The Kashmiri-speaking people comprise 0.39% of the total population.

The census also shows that 1,123,790 people, who are 7.02% of Karachi’s population, speak languages other than those mentioned above.

The report does not mention which languages have been included in the ‘others’ section, but it is believed that they include languages like Gujarati, Marwari and Bengali among others.


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People of Karachi specialy urdu speakeg are in a extreme mantialy stress & upset no one speaks for them no one stands for the there beloved City Karachi destroy & looted infront of there eyes PM IK takes votes from this City urdu speakers don't havy any cota system no province there for no jobs ppp snatching this City like a voulcher even MashAllah Gilgit get its provencial values but people of Karachi dieds & looted since 90's then they strugle heard for Karachi for our BELOVED PAKISTAN what ever happen we born here we died here & we never left our Beloved Country PAKISTAN...:pakistan:
 

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The decrease in the ratio of the Urdu and Punjabi-speaking populace in Karachi has been a result of the increase in Pashto, Sindhi and Saraiki-speaking people.

Looks like preplanned conspiracy against urdu speaking. first they took jobs, quota and now home. Ofcourse those who dont have anything or not living in karachi by birth wouldnt understand for them karachi sab ka hai because of their own benefits.
I know but what I am trying to say is that the the influx is a result of new migration in low income communities in the not so well managed parts of town
The decrease in the ratio of the Urdu and Punjabi-speaking populace in Karachi has been a result of the increase in Pashto, Sindhi and Saraiki-speaking people.

Looks like preplanned conspiracy against urdu speaking. first they took jobs, quota and now home. Ofcourse those who dont have anything or not living in karachi by birth wouldnt understand for them karachi sab ka hai because of their own benefits.
There is no grand conspiracy people move from poor parts of country to wealthy parts of country
 

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You have to be here on ground to see it.
The born and bred Karachiite Urdu-speakers, those whose grandparents and parents migrated from India in 1947 are fast moving abroad. Entire neighborhoods - and I'm talking about middle class neighborhoods or educated intelligentsia - are empty now. These neighborhoods are rapidly being sucked into the land mafia's net who are building blocks of flats and shopping malls to fuel the rocketing consumerism. But the fact remains, the city's heart and soul is gone. Only the scum remains.
No educated Urdu speaking person wants to remain in Karachi any longer. Pakistan is losing out on a lot, unfortunately
 

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You have to be here on ground to see it.
The born and bred Karachiite Urdu-speakers, those whose grandparents and parents migrated from India in 1947 are fast moving abroad. Entire neighborhoods - and I'm talking about middle class neighborhoods or educated intelligentsia - are empty now. These neighborhoods are rapidly being sucked into the land mafia's net who are building blocks of flats and shopping malls to fuel the rocketing consumerism. But the fact remains, the city's heart and soul is gone. Only the scum remains.
No educated Urdu speaking person wants to remain in Karachi any longer. Pakistan is losing out on a lot, unfortunately
Quite agree but there are still HUGE number of us here still willing to put up a heart/fight for our city
 

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Not decreased but purposely under counted
Data should be compared with NADRA to bring clarity ASAP.
Huge influx from interior SINDH considering thousands got posted in Karachi in the last decade or so.
 

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Karachi's destruction is directly proportional to increase in sindhi and siraiki population

Higher the sindhi and siraiki population of Karachi the more destroyed it would be
Karachis destruction is not tied to any ethnic group it is due to lack of investments and incompetence of provincial/federal government.Things are getting better under Pm Imran Khan and if the country continues to go on the path of sustainable growth that it has started under imran khans government of course the federal government would pump more money in karachi even if provincial government doesnt.Finally your comment reeks of racism against sindhis and saraikis although i am not sindhi and have noticed an onlline trend of racism from sindhis as well but that can never justify your statement if you care about pakistan then put these stupid racial view of your coutreymen in the bin i hope we can put this cancerous ethnic nationalist narrative in the past.
 

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Karachis destruction is not tied to any ethnic group it is due to lack of investments and incompetence of provincial/federal government.Things are getting better under Pm Imran Khan and if the country continues to go on the path of sustainable growth that it has started under imran khans government of course the federal government would pump more money in karachi even if provincial government doesnt.Finally your comment reeks of racism against sindhis and saraikis although i am not sindhi and have noticed an onlline trend of racism from sindhis as well but that can never justify your statement if you care about pakistan then put these stupid racial view of your coutreymen in the bin i hope we can put this cancerous ethnic nationalist narrative in the past.
I am just stating facts

Unlike punjabis who bring positive impact on the city these two ethnic groups don't bring anything positive to the city

Only thing they bring to the city are crimes and mediocrity
 

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I know but what I am trying to say is that the the influx is a result of new migration in low income communities in the not so well managed parts of town

There is no grand conspiracy people move from poor parts of country to wealthy parts of country
the only grand mirgration that happen in the country is for karachi rest remain where they are or not even noticeble.

This also happening now in karachi

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Karachis destruction is not tied to any ethnic group it is due to lack of investments and incompetence of provincial/federal government.Things are getting better under Pm Imran Khan and if the country continues to go on the path of sustainable growth that it has started under imran khans government of course the federal government would pump more money in karachi even if provincial government doesnt.Finally your comment reeks of racism against sindhis and saraikis although i am not sindhi and have noticed an onlline trend of racism from sindhis as well but that can never justify your statement if you care about pakistan then put these stupid racial view of your coutreymen in the bin i hope we can put this cancerous ethnic nationalist narrative in the past.
Okay for the sake of Pakistan love ask sindhi to give job to karachi domicile guy in nawabshah or anyother part of sindh or even take stand of injustice for karachi ppl that is happening. Its easy to say things when are not at receiving end. Those who suffering what you have done for them? any protest anything to give them rights.
 
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