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Tarkhan (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

Tarkhan (Muslim traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
3,185,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Tarkhan (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
Traditionally they were given the status of low-caste artisans such as carpenters. Eventually they made their mark on Pakistani society as soldiers.

Where are they located?
The Tarkhan people live in the northeastern part of Pakistan's Punjab Province. Some of them have decided to migrate to the major cities of Pakistan, such as Karachi, Islamabad, etc. Others have decided to migrate to the Gulf Arab states to work. A few of them have already migrated to Europe (most notably the United Kingdom), North America or Australia. Those who live in the United Kingdom might not be aware that they are Tarkhan, because most of them are third generation Tarkhan.

What are their lives like?
They speak Punjabi, the language of Punjab Province. Some Tarkhans have managed to rise to the top in all they do, whether they are landowning farmers, scientists, engineers, or doctors. They are involved in all kinds of trades in Pakistan. Among the Tarkhan who live in the United Kingdom, many of them are taxi drivers.

What are their beliefs?
In Pakistan all of them follow Sunni Islam. Few can read the Koran, but their understanding of the teachings of Islam come from their local religious leaders.

What are their needs?
The Tarkhan people of Pakistan need the opportunity to hear that Jesus Christ is the only one who can forgive sins. They are among the 7,000 unreached people group, almost all of whom live and die without having the chance to find that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.

Prayer Points
Pray for rising literacy rates within the Tarkhan community, and for the necessary skills to make them more employable in the modern world.
Pray for the Tarkhan people to be given the blessings of spiritual hunger and discernment that will lead them to seek and find Jesus Christ.
Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers to go to them and remain until there are believers who can disciple their entire people group.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2015-10-15
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-08-22
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Country: Pakistan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:7 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:3,185,000
Largest Provinces:
Punjab (2,537,000)Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (283,000)
Sindh (108,000)Islamabad (56,000)
Azad Kashmir (47,000)Gilgit-Baltistan (6,500)
Balochistan (900)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Tarkhan (Muslim traditions)
People Name General: Tarkhan (Muslim traditions)
Alternate People Names:
तर्खान (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 113141
Joshua Project People ID: 17695
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 3,185,000
Population all Countries: 3,204,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Tarkhan (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Punjabi, Western (1,577,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): pnb    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Saraiki (940,000)Urdu (175,000)
Hindko, Northern (129,000)Pahari-Potwari (120,000)
Hindko, Southern (106,000)Sindhi (60,000)
Marwari (34,000)Pashto, Northern (25,000)
Pashto, Central (14,000)Shina (3,600)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 15
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1885-1922
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsDAVAR Partners recording, New Testament
Audio RecordingsLove letter to you from scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture / Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralZume Resources
GeneralZume Training
Text / Printed MatterBible: Punjabi, Western
Text / Printed MatterCartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Punjabi, Western
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
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Tarkhan (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

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