Baluchi – بلوچى

Baluchi is a North-Western Iranian language spoken by about 7 million people. Most Baluchi speakers live in Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan and it is also known as Balochi, Baloci or Baluci.

Originally, the Latin alphabet was used but after Pakistan acquired independence in 1947, Perso-Arabic script was adopted for the written form. In general, the language was identified as a dialect of Persian before the post-colonial period. At the time, it was just an oral language and there was no traditional writing system.

There are two major dialects: Sulaymani (Eastern) and Makrani (Western). The Makrani dialect is most widely used.