What Is a Pakistani Punjabi?


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Punjabi is the most widely spoken language in Pakistan. As of 2010, it is the 10th most widely spoken language in the world, with 102 million native speakers, and is the primary language of the Sikh religion. Punjabi is written in Arabic script.

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The word Punjabi is derived from the Persian word "Panj-ab," meaning "five rivers," referring to the five eastern tributaries of the Indus River. Punjabi is an integral part of Indian cinema, and many Bollywood movies contain Punjabi vocabulary and Punjabi songs. Educated younger generations living in urban areas prefer to speak Urdu and English, especially when parents encourage them to use these languages at home. Punjabi media includes newspapers, radio programs, films, television and videos.

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