Maliar Pashtun in Pakistan

Unreached of the Day  9/24/2021

Maliar Pashtun in Pakistan

Life has become increasingly more difficult for the Maliar Pashtuns, who mainly work as farmers in the Potohar region of Punjab and the Peshawar Valley of Pakistan. Deforestation, overgrazing and extensive agriculture have made soil resources more vulnerable to floods, which make the soil less fertile. A number have moved into Pakistani cities where they work as vendors with little hope to get out of poverty, and a few have emigrated to England. Maliars follow the Pashtun way of life and firmly adhere to Islam, rejecting efforts by believers to reach them with the gospel.

Ministry Obstacles

Being intimidated by feelings of insecurity, poverty, illiteracy, political oppression, combined with deep-rooted Islamic beliefs has restricted the Maliars from being open to the claims of Christ.

Outreach Ideas

The need for assistance in the area of soil conservation and new training skills in farming could be an opening for trained Christ followers to enter the Maliar rural regions as God's messengers. Others can be reached in England by committed trained believers.

Scripture Focus

"Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,"  Luke 24:45

Scripture Prayer

Pray that the minds of this people group will be opened to understand God’s word by the Spirit Himself.

Prayer Focus

Pray that God would uphold faithful, committed long term Christ followers in the areas of development, education, business, healthcare and other professional areas to work among the Maliars to help them thrive economically and spiritually. Pray that Christian resources would be available to Pashtuns in their languages and dialects. Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among the Maliar people this decade.



People Name Maliar Pashtun
PronunciationMAHL-yar pahsh-TOON
Country Pakistan
10/40 Window Yes
Population 189,000
World Population 189,000
Language Pashto, Northern
Primary Religion Islam
Bible Complete
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image