||300,000 in Pakistan (1981 census), increasing. Population total all countries: 321,000.
||North, Gilgit District, scattered villages in Yasin and Ishkoman valleys, Punial, Gilgit, Haramosh, lower Hunza Valley; Diamer District, Chilas area, Darel and Tangir valleys, Astor Valley; scattered areas of Baltistan District, Satpara, Kharmang, Kachura, and other small valleys; NWFP, east part of Kohistan District, Sazin, Harban. Also in India.
Northern Pakistan, reference number 15
||Brokpa, Shinaki, Sina
||Gilgiti (Gilgit, Punial, Hunza-Nagar, Bagrote, Haramosh, Rondu, Bunji), Astori (Astor, Gurezi, Dras, Satpara, Kharmangi), Chilasi Kohistani (Chilas, Darel, Tangir, Sazin, Harban). Gilgit functions as the language standard. Shina is the primary language in Gilgit and Diamer districts. Lexical similarity: 79%–99% within Gilgiti (Northern) dialect subgroup, 81%–96% with Astori (Eastern) subgroup, 84%–98% with Chilas (Diamer) subgroup.
||Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan, Northwestern zone, Dardic, Shina
||Good vitality. All domains. All ages. Positive attitude.
||Literacy rate in L2: Urdu. Bible portions: 1929.
||‘Brokpa’ is used for Shina speakers in Baltistan and Ladakh. ‘Brokskat’ refers to their language and also is used semiofficially in India to refer to a highly divergent variety of Shina spoken by Buddhists. Muslim (Shi’a and Sunni).