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Languages of Pakistan
Urdu is the only official language of Pakistan. Although English is generally used instead of Urdu in this regard. English is the lingua franca of the Pakistani elite and most of the government ministries.
Many other languages are spoken in Pakistan, including Punjabi (with 50% first-language speakership), Siraiki, Sindhi, Pashtu, Balochi, Hindko, Brahui, Burushaski, Balti, Shina , Khawar , Gujarati, Memoni and other languages with smaller numbers of speakers.
Arabic and Persian are still taught as classical languages albeit to a small number of students. Although this number is dwindling.
See Demographics of Pakistan for a numerical breakdown of language groups.
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