✔ 3 per cent of Pakistanis speak Baluchi
✔ Esitmted 3,150 languages face doubts about their long-term survival. That’s nearly half of the estimated 7,000 languages spoken around the world.
✔ According to linguist David Crystal, languages are now going extinct at a rate of one roughly every three months
✔ A total 6912 languages are spoken in the world while 516 have been declared dead languages. However, 36 per cent of the languages are endangered to die soon due to globalization, the research added.
✔ Around 27 languages spoken in Northern Areas, Kashmir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and surrounding border areas of Pakistan are facing extinction, said a Unesco report.
✔ None of the countries in which Balochi is spoken have given it official status or use it in their educational systems. Even though Balochi is the primary language of Balochistan, it is not taught in schools due to lack of teachers, lack of parental support (most parents want their children to learn Urdu, Persian, or English instead), and competing pressures from other language groups. Although there are newspapers, magazines, and literature in Balochi, literacy rate in the languageis only 1%. Radio has played an important role in promoting comprehension among the three dialects of the language. Today, Balochi remains primarily the language of the home and of the local community.