Karachi: a Tower of Babel? By Roland DeSouza


…. Over the next three censuses, the proportion of Urdu speakers in the city peaked at over 50 per cent but the Pashto speakers slowly began to increase. In the 1998 census, in a population of 9.8 million, the Urdu speakers showed a declining trend of around 45 per cent while the Pashto speakers moved upwards to ten per cent.

Projecting these trend lines into the future, in less than thirty years the number of Pashto speakers will exceed the number of Urdu speakers. ….

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2 thoughts on “Karachi: a Tower of Babel? By Roland DeSouza”

  1. Hi bro roland, i do have a question to you and all others that do still live in pakistan…… Sisters / Brothers…. Unlike the visions of MA Jinnah… Pakistan was a beautiful country…. Yes, i said was, but can any of you truthfully tell me as to where pakistan is headed??? Of course, i love/miss apna karachi… But again, i ask you all to tell me the truth: what do expect if shariah/blasphemy/etc laws take-over pakistan completely???? Do you understand ??? Never mind forgive me cause i could be wrong.. Happy new year God bless … Clarry

  2. This is a msg to an old bud from the young ones roland…boss, don’t worry about urdu pushto gujrati punjabi speaking (smile) how you doing bro my name is clarry…. God bless

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