Saraiki people

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The Saraikis (Panjabi: سرائیکی قوم) are an Indo-Aryan ethnic group, native to South of Punjab province of Pakistan, but are found all over Pakistan, mainly in Derajat region.[1][2] They are known as Multanis and Bahawalpuri in India.[3] They speak Saraiki dialect of Panjabi.

They are part of Panjabi ethnic group.

Etymology[change | change source]

The word Saraiki is probably derived from Sindhi word Sirai, which means native people of Siro/Sero region in ancient Sindh, which is corrupted term of Sauvira an ancient kingdom mentioned in Mahabharata.[4] the Siraiki term is still used in Sindh, for a Sindhi dialect which is spoken by Sindhi Sirai Jats and Sindhi balochs, today Sindhi Siraiki is renamed as Siroli/Sireli.[5] to not get it confused with Saraiki language of South Punjab, both have small similarities.

References[change | change source]

  1. "About Punjab - TDCP, The Official Site of Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab". 2007-12-02. Archived from the original on 2007-12-02. Retrieved 2023-12-05.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. Qadeer, Mohammad (2006-11-22). Pakistan - Social and Cultural Transformations in a Muslim Nation. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-134-18617-4.
  3. Bhatia, Tej K.; Ritchie, William C. (2008-04-15). The Handbook of Bilingualism. John Wiley & Sons. p. 803. ISBN 9780470756744.
  4. Khuhro, Hamida; Sind; Oxford University Press, eds. (1981). Sind through the centuries: proceedings of an international seminar held in Karachi in Spring 1975 by the Department of Culture, Government of Sind. Oxford Pakistan paperbacks. Karachi Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-577250-0.
  5. Simpson, Andrew, ed. (2007). Language and national identity in Asia. Oxford linguistics. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0-19-922648-1.