ⓘ Balti language. Balti is a language spoken in Baltistan, in the Gilgit Baltistan of Pakistan and adjoining parts of the disputed territory of Indian-administere ..

Balti language

ⓘ Balti language

Balti is a language spoken in Baltistan, in the Gilgit Baltistan of Pakistan and adjoining parts of the disputed territory of Indian-administered Kashmir. Before 1948 Baltistan was part of Ladakh province. The language is a sub-dialect of Ladakhi and an archaic dialect of the Tibetan language, but many of the consonants that are silent in most modern Tibetan dialects are pronounced in Balti.


1. Balti

All people of different races, living in Baltistan are called Balti. Greeks used the word Byaltae instead of Bal-ti, which in Tibetan means water gorge. The historian Ptolemy who was also a general in the army of Alexander the Great had named the region Byaltae in his book. Baltistan is the Persian translation of Baltiyul," The Homeland of Balti”. The people belonging to Balti nationality are settled on both banks of the river Indus from Kargil in the east to Haramosh in the west and from Karakoram range in the north to Deosai plains in the south. In this nationality the majority comes from Tibetan origin. However people migrated to this area in different periods of ancient times, on account of different reasons and after merging in the prevailing Tibetan society, gave birth to a new civilisation. All these multi-racial groups speak Balti language, which is a branch of the ancient Tibetan language. However, in some rural areas, the Sheen people still speak Shina language.

The Balti are a very forbearing, cheerful,brave and hospitable people. But during the Rmakpon reign from 12th century to 1840 A.D. they invaded Ladakh and Tibet many times.

There are several Balti communities in Pakistans urban areas farther south, that is in Lahore, Islamabad, in Karachi and other places.But they are living as non Pakistani in Pakistan because Gilgit Baltistan is considered as disputed region.


2. Other websites

  • Tibetan script makes a comeback in Pakistan Archived 2007-08-18 at the Wayback Machine
  • Northern Areas Development Gateway Archived 2008-05-11 at the Wayback Machine
  • Proposal to add four Tibetan characters for Balti to the BMP of the UCS
  • Koshur: The Balti Language
  • Pakistans Northern Areas Archived 2004-01-07 at the Wayback Machine
  • Tibetan Extensions 2: Balti Archived 2010-10-17 at the Wayback Machine
  • Unicode
  • Pakistans Northern Areas dilemma
  • Balti might mean: Anything related to Baltistan, a region in northern Pakistan Balti language a language spoken in Baltistan
  • Baltistan Urdu: بلتستان also known as بلتیول Baltiyul in the Balti language is a region in northern Pakistan. It borders Xinjiang Autonomous Region
  • national anthem is a highly Persianized form of Urdu. other languages include burushaski, balti domaaki gawar - bati Erina shina and brahvi. This short
  • neighbouring Dardic languages such as Khowar and Shina, as well as a few from Turkic languages and from the neighboring Sino - Tibetan language Balti but the original
  • centres of Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad Rawalpindi. The Balti language belongs to the Tibetan language family and is a sub - dialect of Ladakhi. www.brookings
  • curries in the native language Curry can also be found in South America a dish in Guyanese cuisine. A curry dish called Balti is said to have been originated
  • 25, 869 ft which is the 19th - highest mountain in the world. Main languages are Balti Erina, Shina, Burushaski and khowar. Aliabad Tehsil Gojal Tehsil
  • a Sub Divisional Magistrate. The name Kargil is said to derive from the Balti - Tibetan words Khar and Rkil. Khar means Castle and rkil means Centre
  • Bahnar Austroasiatic Balinese Malayo - Polynesian Balochi Indo - Iranian Balti Tibeto - Burman Bambara or Bamanankan Mande Banjar Malayo - Polynesian