Dilazak Pashtun in Pakistan


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

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Introduction / History

The Dilazaks are one of the Pashtun tribes in Pakistan. The Pashtuns have been called the largest Muslim tribal society in the world. There are at least 30 major tribes, and countless sub-tribes and clans. Spread over a vast geographical area and riven by socio-economic, political, tribal and linguistic (dialectical) differences, Pashtuns nevertheless share a unique sense of common identity. Pashtun identity is based on four elements: Heritage (descent from a common ancestor); Islam (99.9% Muslim); the Pashtunwali Code of Honor ("The Way of the Pashtun"); and to some extent, language (Pakhtu or Pashto). They live primarily in Afghanistan and Pakistan, though there is a significant Pashtun diaspora in the Arab Gulf and many Western countries.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They have a lot of bad blood between themselves and the Yousafzai tribe, which led to bloody battles about 500 years ago. For this reason, they now live in Pakistan rather than their original Afghanistan. More significant than dialectical differences, a Pashtun’s primary loyalty is to his particular social group (tribe or sub-tribe).


What Are Their Beliefs?

Whether they are new in Western countries or they have never been to the original Pashtun homeland, Dilazak Pashtuns almost always identify themselves as Muslims. They will be married in a mosque, and to be associated with another religious system would be unacceptable in their community. Those who want to take Christ to the Dilazak Pashtuns will need to do just that; take Christ to them, not a religious system. The Pashtunwali Code of Honor erodes among Pashtuns who live in urban settings. Some of them have only a weak identity as Muslims or as Pashtuns. They need to find their identity in the Savior who loves them and wants them to be transformed into His likeness. No one knows how many Pashtuns are following Jesus. Seeds of the gospel have been sown widely. The greatest barriers to faith are social and cultural, leaving us with the challenge of allowing Pashtuns to embrace Christ while keeping their culture and traditions.


What Are Their Needs?

All Pashtun tribes need an encounter with the Risen Lord that will help them to see their desperate spiritual state without a savior.


Prayer Points

Pray for the production and distribution of all forms of media in the Pashtu language, including literature, videos, music, movies, radio, websites, and social media. The demand and response have increased! Pray for Bible translations in progress for all the Pashtu dialects. Pray for more workers to serve among the Pashtun people—in education, business, healthcare, development, and other professional areas!


Scripture Prayers for the Pashtun Dilazak in Pakistan.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dilazak


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  
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People Name General Pashtun Dilazak
People Name in Country Pashtun Dilazak
Natural Name Dilazak Pashtun
Population this Country 157,000
Population all Countries 225,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
Alternate Names
People ID 21599
ROP3 Code 118396
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
68,000
Punjab
50,000
Sindh
31,000
Islamabad
4,800
Azad Kashmir
3,300
Gilgit-Baltistan
300
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 68,000
  Punjab 50,000
  Sindh 31,000
  Islamabad 4,800
  Azad Kashmir 3,300
  Gilgit-Baltistan 300
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Pashto, Central (63,000 speakers)
Language Code pst   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
Pashto, Northern
55,000
Saraiki
16,000
Punjabi, Western
7,400
Urdu
6,800
Hindko, Northern
5,700
Pahari-Potwari
2,400
Hindko, Southern
1,700
Sindhi
1,300
Shina, Kohistani
500
Khowar
200
Kohistani, Indus
200
Primary Language Pashto, Central (63,000 speakers)
Language Code pst   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
  Pashto, Northern 55,000
  Saraiki 16,000
  Punjabi, Western 7,400
  Urdu 6,800
  Hindko, Northern 5,700
  Pahari-Potwari 2,400
  Hindko, Southern 1,700
  Sindhi 1,300
  Shina, Kohistani 500
  Khowar 200
  Kohistani, Indus 200
People Groups Speaking Pashto, Central

Primary Language:  Pashto, Central

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Film / Video God's Love Story
General General Ministry Resources
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more