Pashto written in Pashto script (Naskh style).
|Pronunciation||IPA: [paʂˈto], [paçˈto], [puxˈto]|
|Native to||Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Pashtun diaspora|
|Native speakers||40–60 million (2007–2009)|
Other Pashto dialects
|Writing system||Arabic (Pashto alphabet)|
|Official language in||Afghanistan|
|Recognised minority language in||Pakistan|
|Regulated by||Academy of Sciences of Afghanistan
Pashto Academy (Pakistan)
Map of Pashto-speaking regions (orange)
Pashto belongs to the Indo-European languages family. It has two main dialects, western dialect and eastern dialect. The small difference between these two dialects is in the use of sounds.
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