About the Pashto Language
The Pashto language is part of the Indo-European family and is the native language of the Pashtun people who live in South-Central Asia. Other languages similar include Khotanese and Bactrian. Pashto is believed to date back to the eighth century, although some scholars say there is insufficient evidence to support this claim. Other spellings for Pashto include Pakhto, Pushto and Paxto.
The Pashto language is divided into two dialects: southern and northern. The southern dialect is considered “soft.” The most distinctive of these dialects is Wanetsi. Other southern dialects include Masidwola, Banuchi and Khattak. “Hard” northern dialects include Khosti, Afridi, Wardak and Zadran-Mangal.