The country is also home to several regional languages, including Punjabi, Saraiki, Pashto, Sindhi, Balochi, Kashmiri, Hindko, Brahui, Shina, Balti, Khowar, Dhatki, Marwari, Wakhi and Burushaski.
From among these, four (Punjabi, Pashto, Sindhi, and Balochi) are provincial languages.
The council is currently studying a bill that proposes granting Saudi nationality to foreigners married to Saudi women in order to foster security in marriage and make their daily lives easier.
Still, many have warned women of giving expats an easy shortcut to material and sociopolitical gain.
According to the linguistic historian Tariq Rahman, however, the oldest name of what is now called Urdu is Hindustani or Hindvi and it existed in some form at least from the 14th century if not earlier (Rahman 2011).
It was probably the Indo-Aryan language of the area around Delhi that absorbed words of Persian, Arabic, and Chagatai (a Turkic language)—in a process like the one that created modern English.
If both are included then 60% of the population speaks Punjabi which is the exact population proportion of Punjab province to the overall population of Pakistan.