Saraiki literature

Saraiki literature is the literature of the Saraiki language, which is mostly spoken in central Pakistan. The main Saraiki-speaking areas are Multan, Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Dera Ismail Khan, Mianwali and Bhakkar. Saraiki is also spoken widely in the Sindh and Baluchistan provinces of Pakistan. Before the formation of Pakistan, Saraiki was written in Devanagari script by Hindus while Muslims always used Persian-Arabic script.Saraiki medium Saraiki University for Health , Engineering, Sciences & Arts is suggested, proposed and demanded due to the importance of this language.Saraiki is an official language of Saraiki daily newspaper Jhoke. It is also official language of Saraiki Parties such as Saraiki Qaumi Movement, Saraiki Qaumi Ittehad, Pakistan Saraiki Party Since the start of consciousness-raising efforts about common ethnic language in the 1960s, the number of Saraiki publications has increased. Most of the writings from the 1960s to the 1980s were political in nature and are coloured by the ethnopolitical aims of the writers. Even though the number of publications has increased in the last and present decade, the Saraiki intellectuals themselves admit that there is not much readership, except perhaps for the works of some renowned contemporary poets, especially of the revolutionary poet Shakir Shujaabadi. Although writings in all the regional languages are suffering from lack of readership for similar reasons, in the case of Saraiki there are two additional reasons. Firstly, most of the writers bring in colloquial phraseology (which varies from one variety to the other) in their writings and secondly, many writers, in their zeal to prove the antiquity of Saraiki language and to promote its Indo-Aryan feature, tend to use more Sanskrit words instead of the more common Arabic-Persian words in order to distinguish it from Punjabi and Urdu, thus blocking the understanding of their general readers.