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|Region||Punjab Province (Attock District), Kohat, Peshawar|
|Native speakers||(625,000 cited 1981)|
Hazarewal Hindko (which has further subdivisions)
|Writing system||Nasta'liq script|
|ISO 639-3||hnd (Southern Hindko)|
Hindko (ہندکو pronounced [/Hindkoŭ/], also Hindku or Hinko,) is a n Indo-Aryan language spoken in Pakistan. The language is spoken in areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (including Hazara), Punjab (including Attock), and Azad Kashmir by an estimated 2.2 to 4 million.
There is no proper, formal generic name for these people because they belong to diverse ethnicities and tend to identify themselves by the larger families, castes and tribes. However the people of the largest group in the districts of Haripur, Abbottabad and Mansehra are sometimes recognised collectively as Hazarawal, named after the Hazara Division that comprises these districts. In Peshawar city they are referred to as "Kharay" meaning City-dwellers or Hindkowans.