TORWALI – THE HIDDEN LANGUAGE

In Pakistan, the Swat Valley district, in the Malakand division of Khyber Pakhtankhwa, was once a dangerous region. However, harmony has now increased in the region, and consequent to this, tourism has increased. Yet, roads to the region are still underdeveloped and require government intervention through economic resources and labor.

Yet traveling to the region, and discovering the language is sensational. Languages such as Urdu and pashto are frequently used, as is Torwali. These languages are used unevenly across the regions: Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab and the North West Frontier Province (now KPK). These languages thus include Sindhi, Balochi, Punjabi and Pashto, as well as English.

The country as a whole has many languages, where the population widely speaks Saraiki in southern Punjab, and in KPK. In KPK, speakers use Hindko, Kalasha, Khowar, Sarieki, Torwali, and Pashto. Yet, Balochistan; Brahui and Persian are minority languages in Balochistan. Kutchi, Thari, Memoni and Gujarati appear in in Sindh, as is Sindhi. Finally, in Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir, over seven languages are used, including Balti and Kohistani.