Pashtun, Pathan in Nepal






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Pushtun (Pashtun or Pathan), are a large and distinctive Muslim community living primarily in Afghanistan, Pakistan India and Nepal. The Pushtun cluster of peoples is near 50 million individuals. The Northern Pushtun number over 30 million and live primarily in Pakistan and India. They trace their heritage all the way back to King Saul, the first Hebrew king. In Afghanistan many Taliban come from this ethnic group. Some Pushtun settled in the mountains of India and Nepal during their years of Muslim conquest.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Many Pushtun today can be found as landowners across north India and Nepal. They have a mix of urban and rural ways of living; the rural being closer to their traditional nomadic and warrior-like ways. The Northern Pushtun keep to a long-held code of conduct called the Patkhtunwali or 'way of the Pushtun'. Courage, honour, risk-taking, assertiveness and hospitality are all key elements of the Patkhtunwali. They are virtually 100% Sunni Muslim in Nepal and India. The men wear turbans, colourful vests over long-sleeved shirts and loose-fitting trousers. Women wear a salwar and a headcovering called a 'chadar.' There are distinct clans and sub-clans within the Northern Pushtun and women are guarded closely against inter-marrying.

What Are Their Needs?

As devote Muslims and sometimes fanatical Muslims the Northern Pushtun represent a significant challenge to the Nepal church. Pray for the super-natural witness of miracles and dreams to be used for bringing key individuals Christ in this influential community. There are no known believers or workers among them in Nepal.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Pashtun, Northern
People Name in Country Pashtun, Pathan
Population in Nepal 9,000
World Population 43,259,000
Countries 16
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Afghan, Eastern Pashto, Eastern Pathan, Khan Saheb, Khans, Musalman, Paktoons, Pashtun, Western, Pathan, Pushtun, Pushtun Afghan, Safi, Shafi, Western Pathan
Affinity Bloc Persian-Median
People Cluster Pashtun
People Name General Pashtun, Northern
Ethnic Code CNT24a
People ID 14256
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Lumbini (4,000) Kosi (1,200) Narayani (1,000) Bheri (1,000)
Janakpur (500) Bagmati (400) Mechi (300) Rapti (200)
Sagarmatha (200) Seti (80) Gandaki (80) Dhawalagiri (30)
Total States on file:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Lumbini (4,000) Kosi (1,200)
Narayani (1,000) Bheri (1,000)
Janakpur (500) Bagmati (400)
Mechi (300) Rapti (200)
Sagarmatha (200) Seti (80)
Gandaki (80) Dhawalagiri (30)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Urdu (7,900) Bhojpuri (1,000) Maithili (300) Marwari (80)
Awadhi Nepali
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Urdu 7,900 Bhojpuri 1,000
Maithili 300 Marwari 80
Awadhi Nepali
For Primary Language: Urdu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1747-1894)
New Testament Yes   (1758-2000)
Complete Bible Yes   (1843-1998)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Revised Urdu Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: UGV Devanagari Text / Printed Matter
Bible: اردو جیو ورژن Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Text / Printed Matter
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Urdu Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online New Testament - Easy to Read (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament - Pakistan Bible Society (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Other / Small
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Christian Segments Percent
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Other Christian
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Roman Catholic
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Photo Source: George Gavrus  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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