Qalandar in Pakistan

The Qalandar have only been reported in Pakistan
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Introduction / History

The Qalandar community can be described as a clan. They are descended from people who were devotees of the Sufi saint Bu Ali Qalandar. Some moved east into what is now Uttar Pradesh, India, while others slowly moved west. By the mid 1600s many were settled in Punjab, a region straddling India and Pakistan. The Qalandar people in Pakistan are sometimes nomadic. They have made their living for generations by traveling town-to-town exhibiting the dancing bears they have captured and trained in the forests.

Where Are they Located?

"Punjab" means "where five waters meet." An international boundary separates Pakistan from India dividing the Punjab politically and causing disputes which often prohibit free movement. This is a problem for the Qalandar people because they make their living on both sides of the border.

What Are Their Lives Like?

In as many as three villages a day they entertain with trained bears, monkeys, goats, and dogs. Most Qalandar people also develop other entertainment skills, such as juggling, acrobatics, and magic. The children and women often work as professional beggars. They are a very poor community that needs to find better ways to make a living.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Qalandar profess whatever belief best serves their momentary purposes. However, they use charms as protection from evil spirits. It is difficult to present the gospel to them because they travel constantly, using vicious dogs to patrol the camp perimeters. Strangers are not welcome in their camps.

What Are Their Needs?

Missionaries might meet the Qalandar's basic human needs through job training or schooling while sharing the gospel with them.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Qalandar in Pakistan.

* Pray for the Lord to raise up persons of peace among the Qalandar people to open the door to Christ's ambassadors.
* Pray for the Lord to raise up His people to teach them marketable skills.
* Pray for a disciple-making movement among the Qalandar people of Pakistan and India.
* Pray for believers to take on a prayer assignment to pray for the Qalandar people until they have a strong body of believers.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Qalandar
People Name in Country Qalandar
World Population 300
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names क़लांदर
People ID 19486
ROP3 Code 115620
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Sindh 300
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Urdu (300 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Urdu (300 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Urdu

Primary Language:  Urdu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1747-1894)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1758-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1843-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Easy to Read (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Pakistan Bible Society (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 6 - The Lord's Prayer
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
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 %
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Pakistan census data.  Current values may differ.