Maliar in Pakistan

Joshua Project has identified the Maliar only in Pakistan






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Maliar of Pakistan live in the Potohar region of the Punjab and in the Peshawar Valley. Their religion is Islam. Maliar comes from the Sanskrit language. Malakara meaning makers of garland.

The Maliar were not allowed to be involved in the armed forces as they were not classed as a martial race by the British when they were in charge. They were classed as non-martial because their lifestyle involved a lot of sitting down.

Where Are they Located?

In the Potohar region, the Maliar have large numbers in the Attock district where they are the fourth largest tribe. In the Attock district, Dhok Maliaran is one of their main villages. They live in most villages in the region of Potohar. In the Jhelum district, Kazi Hussain is a main Maliar village.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Maliar speak in the Potwari language or in Hindko which is similar.

Some of the Maliar have emigrated to western countries. Restrictions have been eased in Pakistan leading to those who work in horticulture becoming wholesalers of fruit and vegetables.

In the past the Maliar were mistreated by Pashtun landlords. The Maliar are farm tenants and small peasant farmers. In Punjabi, Maliar means gardener or cultivator.

Prayer Points

* Pray that Christian materials will bring many of the Maliar to Jesus Christ.
* Pray against the hostility by Muslims in Pakistan towards Pakistani Christians.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Maliar
People Name in Country Maliar
Population in Pakistan 729,000
World Population 729,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Name General Maliar
Ethnic Code CNN25#
People ID 19454
Country Pakistan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (566,000) Islamabad (110,000) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (45,000) Federally Administer (200)
Total States on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (566,000) Islamabad (110,000)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (45,000) Federally Administer (200)
Languages & Dialects on file:  11  (up to 20 largest shown)
Panjabi, Western (572,000) Urdu (73,000) Hindko, Southern (42,000) Hindko, Northern (14,000)
Pashto, Northern (9,000) Pashto, Central (6,400) Shina, Kohistani (3,100) Pahari-Potwari (2,300)
Seraiki (500) Shina (500) Kohistani, Indus (100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Western 572,000 Urdu 73,000
Hindko, Southern 42,000 Hindko, Northern 14,000
Pashto, Northern 9,000 Pashto, Central 6,400
Shina, Kohistani 3,100 Pahari-Potwari 2,300
Seraiki 500 Shina 500
Kohistani, Indus 100

For Main Lanugage: Panjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1885-1922)
New Testament Yes   (1819-2000)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Punjabi Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Panjabi, Western
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Cartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
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 %
Photo Source: Naveed Akhtar  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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