Jat, Virk, Muslim traditions in Pakistan

Joshua Project has identified the Jat, Virk, Muslim traditions only in Pakistan






Largest Religion

Main Language



On the Pakistan side of Punjab, the Virk Jats are Muslim. Those on the Indian side are mostly Sikh. Virks still control the Pakistani city of Sheikhupura in Punjab Province politically and economically. They have a long history in that city.

Almost all the information about them found on the Internet has to do with their history. However, there are some interesting Virk Jats in modern times including Bollywood movie actresses and police chiefs.

Ministry Obstacles

In Pakistan there are relatively few opportunities for someone to hear the gospel from another person. With the intense persecution of religious minorities, few would dare to share Christ in this environment.

Outreach Ideas

The Virk Jats have the entire New Testament available to them in their main language, Western Punjabi. There are also gospel-oriented gospel recordings available for downloading in this language.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are no known Virk Christian believers, but please pray for any secret believers.

Pray for the Entire People Group

* Pray for the Lord of the Harvest to send workers to this waiting harvest field.
* Pray for mission agencies to train missionaries to share the gospel message with the Virk Jat in a culturally sensitive way.
* Ask God to soften hearts and draw Virk Jat elders into a relationship with God through His Son.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-10-26
People Name General Jat, Virk, Muslim traditions
People Name in Country Jat, Virk, Muslim traditions
Population in Pakistan 164,000
World Population 164,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
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:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (136,000) Sindh (24,000) Azad Kashmir (2,200) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (1,700)
Balochistan (100)
Total States on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (136,000) Sindh (24,000)
Azad Kashmir (2,200) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (1,700)
Balochistan (100)

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Enthologue Language Map

Ethnolinguistic map from University of Texas or other map

Languages & Dialects on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Panjabi, Western (130,000) Urdu (13,000) Sindhi (8,300) Saraiki (5,900)
Koli, Parkari (200) Marwari
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Western 130,000 Urdu 13,000
Sindhi 8,300 Saraiki 5,900
Koli, Parkari 200 Marwari
For Primary Language: Panjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1885-1922)
New Testament Yes   (1819-2000)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Cartoon Gospel tract Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Audio Recordings
Four Spiritual Laws General
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Panjabi, Western Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture / Bible Audio Recordings
Punjabi Bible stories Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
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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 %
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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