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Part III Country-by-country survey

AFGHANISTAN (25 million). Pashto is the language of the largest ethnic group in Afghanistan, the Pashtuns, who number about 15 million. Most of the rest of the population, about 8 million people, speak Persian, known here as Dari. In the far north there are about 2 million speakers of Uzbek and 500,000 speakers of Turkmen. In the south about 250,000 people speak Baluchi.