Does Pakistan have a native mongoloid population?


Does Pakistan have a native mongoloid population?

nomi king 7 months 1 Answer 120 views

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  1. Pakistan has two demographically meaningful ethnic communities that fall under the traditional category “mongoloid.”

    Hazaras – Ethnic Hazaras have resided in Pakistan before and after the Afghan war. A large number came as refugees during the war in neighboring Afghanistan, however, as the Taliban were especially harsh towards this physically distinct Shiite minority. They are known for their mongoloid appearance and Mongol descent, though some admixture with neighboring ethnicities, due to the ravages and improprieties of war and tribal conflict, is also observable in their appearance. Most live in the city of Quetta and a 2005 population estimate puts their numbers at 900K, of which 40k are earmarked as Afghan War refugees from across the border. As the war in Afghanistan raged on for another full decade, it is likely that the current population is significantly higher.
    Baltis -Baltis are a mostly Shiite Muslim ethnicity of Tibetan descent that reside in the Baltistan region of ‘Pakistan Occupied Kashmir’ (or ‘Azad Kashmir’). Baltis have had a bit of admixture with Dardic (think Indo-European Kashmiris) migrants over the centuries and as of 2002, they were numbered at 322K. The population of Pakistan itself rose from 150 million in 2002 to 193 million in 2016, so it’s possible that the Balti population grew at a similar rate, though most of the nation’s population growth occurred in major urban centers; Baltistan is a mountainous region with no such urban centers so growth is likely to be more modest.
    You are probably thinking of Baltis, as they also reside, though in much smaller numbers, in the adjoining Kargil and Leh sub-regions of Indian Kashmir. There are no more than 100k in India.

    There are many other racially mongoloid ethnicities within India, beyond the Pakistani border and specifically in the eastern quadrant of the country, that exist as well, but this is the one that lives near Pakistan.

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