Khik (Wakhi) in Pakistan


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* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Guhjali, also known as the mountain Tajiks, are of the Tajik people cluster. They are also called the Guhiali, Khik, Vakhan, Wakhani, Wakhi, Wakhigi, or Wakhs.


Where Are they Located?

The Guhjali are found in China, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, they are found in small, remote villages in the lower altitudes in the Wakhan Corridor and upper Badakshan. They mostly reside in 64 villages on the left bank of the Panj River in the Wakhan Corridor.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kirghiz live in the high mountain valleys of the area, while the Wakhi lived in the lowlands areas. Relations between the two groups are often tense, yet both groups are economically dependent on each other. The Kirghiz depend on the Wakhi for grain, while the Wakhi depend on the Kirghiz for animals. The center of the areas where they reside is Khandud. Many have scattered and are refugees now. They speak Wakhi, and Indo- Iranian language. The literacy rate is below 1%.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Guhjali are Ismaili Shi'a Muslims. Some, however, are Imami Shi'a and Sunni. There are few, if any, Christians or churches among them. There are no known groups working among them. There are Christian audio recordings available in their language.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Khik (Wakhi) in Pakistan.



The Wakhi

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Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-04-18
People Name General Khik (Wakhi)
People Name in Country Khik (Wakhi)
World Population 121,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Guhjali; Khik; Vakhan; Wakhani; Wakhigi; Wakhs; गुहजली
People ID 18693
ROP3 Code 103535
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 on file 2
Largest States
Gilgit-Baltistan
59,000
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
7,300
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 2
  Gilgit-Baltistan 59,000
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 7,300
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Wakhi (66,000 speakers)
Language Code wbl   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Wakhi (66,000 speakers)
Language Code wbl   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Wakhi

Primary Language:  Wakhi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2001)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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.
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2020  Operation China, Asia Harvest  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Video Source Asia Harvest
Profile Source The World Missions Atlas Project 
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