Chitrali in Pakistan

Joshua Project has identified the Chitrali only in Pakistan






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Kho, which means "people," are of the Kashmiri people cluster of the "northern tribes." The northern tribes include the Badeshi, Burushas, Koali, Punjabi, Shina, Shumashti, and the Kho.

Where Are they Located?

They reside in the mountains around the borders of China, Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan. These northern tribes are believed to be the original inhabitants of this area, however the Pashtun have dominated them, either taking or buying their land from them.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kho people take much pride in their history and language and claim to have remained, for the most, independent throughout most of its history. The Kho are also known as the Black Kafir, Chitrali, Chitralis, Citrali, Khowar, Koh, Qashqari, or the Qasqari. They speak Khowar.

The Kho, as well as the other northern tribes, are known as brave, quiet, peace loving people. Most live in rugged mountain regions, where farming is very difficult. They are mostly farmers and shepherds. Their primary crop is grain, however in the more irrigated areas they are able to raise barley, wheat, maize, millet, and rice. They can only rely on one annual crop, so they must rely on transhumant herding, which means they have to transfer their livestock from one place to another for grazing. During the summer, the livestock is herded to alpine areas. It is only during the winter that the Kho live together in compact villages. Many families have houses in four or five different areas at higher altitudes. The Kho are divided into three social classes. The upper class is the ruling nobility, the middle class tend to be landowners, and the lower class work as tenant farmers or hired laborers. Most only marry within their own group. While the societies tend to be patrilineal, where the line of decent is traced through the men, the women are not as secluded as other groups within the country are. The women do much of the farm work.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kho people are mostly Sunni Muslims, however, many combine the Islamic practices with their traditional folk religions, which involves worship of spirits and fire, animism, and ancestor worship. Many consult Shamans, priests, to cure the sick, communicate with spirits, and manipulate the spirits to control events. There are no known Christians or churches among the Kho.

What Are Their Needs?

The Kho are an isolated group due to the rugged terrain and political borders. Portable drinking water, sewage disposal, and drainage facilities are available for a small percentage of the northern tribe's population, which has led to many health problems. Poor nutrition is also a problem in the area.

Prayer Links
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People Name General Chitrali
People Name in Country Chitrali
Population in Pakistan 27,000
World Population 27,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asian, other
People Name General Chitrali
Ethnic Code CNN23#
People ID 19437
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (27,000)
Total States on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (27,000)
Languages & Dialects on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Khowar (23,000) Pashto, Northern (1,900) Urdu (900)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Khowar 23,000 Pashto, Northern 1,900
Urdu 900
For Primary Language: Khowar

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source: The World Missions Atlas Project 
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