|Case Studies on Technical and Vocational Education in Asia and the Pacific - Islamic Republic of Pakistan (UNEVOC - ACEID, 1996, 58 p.)|
|1. General Overview|
|1.3 Social Factors|
A number of languages are spoken in Pakistan. All belong to the Aryan age with the exception of Brahui which is spoken by a small number of people in the Kalat region. These languages heavily lean on Persian and Arabic. Baluchi, due to the area's geographical affinity to Iran, is more akin to the Persian than any other language. Urdu is the national language and forms a common linguistic link between the people of various regions.