Wakhi people

Wakhi people

About Wakhi people

The Wakhi people, or Khik (called Guhjali in upper Hunza), are an ethnic group originating in the Wakhan of today's Afghanistan. They also live in adjacent areas of Tajikistan and Xinjiang and in Pakistan (in Chitral District and Gojal). They speak the Wakhi language. A very rough estimate puts the population of Wakhis at about 100,000. The population is divided among four different countries: Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, and Xinjiang in north-western China. In China the Wakhi are officially recognized as 'Tajiks', in Afghanistan they are officially called 'Pamiris', while in Tajikistan Wakhi are recognized by the state as Tajiks but also self-identify as Pamiris. The religion of Wakhis is Nizari Ismaili Shia Muslim, being followers of the Aga Khan. In Pakistan, the central...'

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