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    How diverse is your country?

    In terms of Pakistan's diversity, well you’re in for a roller coaster because Pakistan is very diverse.
    Pakistan is home to diverse ethnic groups, each with a unique identity of its own, with as many as 75 diverse languages, diverse regions and of course, diverse culture.
    Major Pakistani ethnic groups:
    • Punjabis:
    They are the largest ethnic group of pakistan and constitute 53.1% of pakistan, they are categorized as indic people and are native to the Punjab region, in possession of a culture that is as ancient and rich as it could get. they speak different variants of Punjabi depending on the tribes and regions, each with a sweet roll of its own.
    traditional punjabi outfits:
    punjabi cuisine:
    bhangda, a traditional punjabi dance:
    sajal ali, famous punjabi actress:
    fawad khan, famous punjabi actor:
    • pashtuns:
    they are the second largest ethnic group of pakistan and make up 15.4% of the country. they are categorised as turko-iranians/ iranic people and have an amazing vibrant culture which is based on the ancient pashtunwali code. they mostly speak pashto, an iranic language, whilst others also speak dari, hindko, balochi or other dardic languages.
    traditional pashtun outfits:
    pashtun cuisine:
    khattak dance, a traditional pashtun dance:
    zeb and haniya, famous pashtun musicians:
    shaz khan, famous pashtun actor:
    • sindhis:
    they are the third largest ethnic group and make up approximately 14.1% of pakistan. they, like the punjabi people, are categorised as an indic ethnic group native to the sindh region and speak the sindhi language. the craftsmanship in sindhi culture has been regarded as some of the most beautiful work of pakistan.
    traditional sindhi outfits:
    sindhi cuisine:
    ho jomalo, a traditional sindhi dance:
    fahad mustafa, famous sindhi actor and television host:
    sanam hisbani, famous sindhi actress and television hostess:
    • urdu- speaking people:
    although, they are people of diverse ethnicities, they are wholly considered as indic people. descendants of the muslim immigrants from india after the partition, they speak urdu as their first language, and have brought a revolutionary change to the cuisine of pakistan. a lot of urdu-speaking people hail from karachi, whilst others from hyderabad or mostly other regions of sindh.
    traditional outfits:
    their cuisine:
    naveen waqar, famous urdu-speaking actress:
    shehroz sabzwari, famous urdu-speaking actor:
    • baloch:
    the baloch, like the pashtuns, are turko-iranians/iranic people and make up 3.6%of pakistan. they speak many languages due to a huge population of baloch living in other provinces: natively balochi, an iranic language, other regional languages such as saraiki, sindhi, and sometimes, farsi. like other ethnic groups of pakistan, they have a unique culture of their own.
    traditional baloch outfits:
    baloch cuisine:
    dochaap, a traditional baloch dance:
    mahnoor baloch, famous baloch actress:
    muniba mazari, famous baloch artist and activist:
    • hazaras:
    hazara people are mostly admixture of mongols and central asians. they speak hazaragi, a dialect of farsi. they mostly reside in areas of balochistan and are an ethnic minority, hence they make up negligibly about 1–2% of pakistan. they are some of the most polite people ever and have a jaw-dropping radiant culture.
    traditional hazaragi outfits:
    hazaragi cuisine:
    traditional hazaragi music festival:
    late hussain ali yousafi, famous hazara politician and writer:
    mohammad musa khan, famous doctor/chief of pakistani army staff:
    • sheedis:
    sheedis are perhaps one of the most diverse groups of pakistan. descendants of the bantu tribe of east africa, they migrated to the indian subcontinent somewhere during the slave trade period. in pakistan, they mostly settled around the areas of sindh and southern balochistan, where they’re often referred to as ‘makrani baloch’. according to a demographics, they make about 1% of pakistan.
    traditional sheedi outfits:
    traditional sheedi dance:
    sheedi mela, an ancient festival of the sheedis:
    abid brohi, famous sheedi rapper:
    noon meem danish, famous sheedi urdu poet:
    • kashmiris:
    kashmiris are a dardic ethnic group, native to the kashmir valley, that make up 1%of pakistan. a lot of languages such as urdu, the national language of pakistan, pahari, hindko, punjabi and kashmiri are spoken by the kashmiri people. today, kashmir is known as one of the heavens of the planet, and is frequently visited by a great number of tourists every year, who admire its evergreen beauty.
    traditional kashmiri outfits:
    kashmiri cuisine:
    rouf, a traditional kashmiri dance:
    emmad irfani, famous kashmiri actor and model:
    muneeb butt, famous kashmiri actor:
    • kalash:
    the kalash people are a dardic indigenous group that reside in the chitral valley of khyber-pakhtunkhwa. there are many theories surrounding their origins, many argue that they’re native to that place, whilst other’s say they are the descendants of the greek army that alexander left behind. they make up 1% of pakistan and mainly speak kalasha, tregami and khowar.
    traditional kalash outfits:
    kalash cuisine:
    chilam joshi, a traditional kalash festival:
    • gilgit-baltistani people:
    gilgit-baltistan is home to several different ethnic groups such as balti, yashkun, shina, khowar, wakhi, burusho, kohistani and the aforementioned pashtuns, all of whom have their own respective languages and culture, overall they make up 1% of pakistan. just like kashmir, gilgit-baltistan is well visited each year by tourists who are in awe of its allure.
    balti people: they are an ethnic group of tibetan descent with some dardicadmixture. they speak balti, a tibetan language.
    yashkuns and shina: of the same ethnicities, the two dardic tribes speak the shina language. many historians present the theory that their ancestors migrated from central asia.
    khowars: also referred to as chitrali people, are a dardic ethnic group who speak the khowar language.
    wakhis: they are an iranian ethnic group and speak wakhi, an eastern iranianlanguage.
    burusho people: sometimes referred to as hunza people, they speak the burushaski language, which is a language isolate, hence has no genealogical connection to other branch of languages.
    kohistani people: they are a dardic ethnic group and speak maiya, a dardic indo-aryan language.
    mainstream cuisine in gilgit-baltistan:
    some traditional clothing:
    lady diana wearing chitrali chugha and pakhol:
    hawaldar lalak jan, late pakistani soldier and beholder of nishan-e-haider, from gilgit-baltistan:
    ifrah wali, famous pakistan alpine skier from gilgit-baltistan:
    pakistani landforms:
    we have mountains:
    deserts:
    forests:
    valleys:
    coasts:
    we have megacities like this:
    and villages like this:
    pakistan zindabad!

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