Saraiki is a language of great antiquity in Pakistan. It served as ‘Lingua Franca’ among the people living around i.e. The Baloch and Sindhi, the Pashtoons and Punjabi etc. for centuries. It also remained the language of commerce and trade until recent times. Today over forty million people of Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Multan and Sargodha divisions of present Punjab and Dera Ismail Khan speak it as a first language. It is widely spoken and understood as a second language in Northern and Western Sind down to the suburbs of Karachi and in Kachhi plain of Baluchistan.
It has been variably called by different names such as Seraiki, Baluchki, Partake, Jagdali, Riasti, Bahawalpuri, Derewali, Multani, Western Punjabi, Lanhda, Uchi, Thallochi, Shahpuri and Hindko in past by neighboring people but thanks to the recent cultural awareness the name "Seraiki" given by the Sindhi brothers, has been accepted and established universally beyond all doubts. In fact Saraiki language is spoken in substantially large area and the names given above are its different accents.
rashid aziz bhutta.