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The Wakhi language is an Iranian language in the subbranch of Southeastern Iranian languages. Wakhi are also known as Pamiri or Mountain Tajiks.
The origin of this language from Wakhan in the extreme northeast of Afghanistan. A very rough estimate of the population of Wakhi Tajiks is 65,000 worldwide. Wakhi people live in four different countries. In the northern areas of Pakistan the Wakhi people mainly live in Gojal, Ishkoman , Darkut , and Brughel . They also live in many parts of Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and China. The religion of the Wakhi Tajiks is Shia Imami Ismaili Muslim they are followers of Prince Karim Aga Khan.
Wakhi Tajik Culture Association Pakistan (WTCA), an organization that is registered with the Government of Pakistan and which works with the colloboration of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Lok Virsa Pakistan . The Association is working for the preservation of the Wakhi Tajiki language and culture, as well as documenting their poetry and music. The literacy rate among Wakhi Tajiks in the northern areas of Pakistan is about 60%.
Radio Pakistan Gilgit relays the Wakhi radio programme “Sadoye Bomey Dunyo”, the voice of the roof of the world. The Wakhi Tajik Culture Association has arranged more than twenty programmes since 1984, which includes cultural shows, musical programs, and large-scale musical festivals with the colloboration of Lok Virsa Pakistan, the Aga Khan Culture Service Pakistan (AKCSP), Aga Khan Rural support Programe (AKRSP) and Pakistan television.
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