Balochi (also called Baluchi, Baloci or Baluci) is a Northwestern Iranian language. It is the main language of the Baloch of Balochistan, Pakistan, eastern Iran and southern Afghanistan. It is also spoken as a second language by some Brahui. It is one of nine official languages of Pakistan.
|بلوچی baločî Balóćí|
|Native to||Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, UAE, Oman|
|7.6 million (2007)|
Official language in
|(Balochistan Province of Pakistan) (provincial) and (Balochistan Province of Iran)|
|Regulated by||Balochi Academy (Pakistan)|
bgp – Eastern Balochi
bgn – Western Balochi
bcc – Southern Balochi
Balochi has several dialects. The Ethnologue lists three dialects: Balochi, Eastern, Balochi, Northern, Balochi, Southern and Balochi, Western while the Encyclopædia Iranica (from Elfenbein) lists six dialects: Rakhshani (subdialects: Kalati, Panjguri and Sarhaddi), Saravani, Lashari, Kechi, Coastal Dialects, and Eastern Hill Balochi.
Northern Balochi dialects are settled north of Iranian Balochistan and Golestān Province of Iran, north of Nimruz Province in Afghanistan and north Chagai District of Balochistan and north of Sindh in Pakistan. Northern Balochi dialects are similar to northern Rakhshani and southern Makkorani dialects.