The Western Balochi language is a member of the Northwestern Iranian group of the Indo-Iranian languages. It is spoken in the Iranian province of Balochistan and in parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The language is also known as Baluchi, Baloci, or Baluci.
The Balochi language is thought to have originated in the area now known as Balochistan, which was once part of the Persian Empire. The language is closely related to Persian, and both languages share a common ancestor in the Old Iranian language.
Balochi is written in a modified form of the Arabic alphabet, and the language has a rich oral tradition. The Balochi people have a long history of oral poetry, and the language is also used in traditional music and storytelling.
There are an estimated 4 million speakers of Balochi, making it one of the largest Iranian languages. The vast majority of Balochi speakers live in Pakistan, where the language is an official provincial language.
Balochi is a vibrant and living language, with a rich literary and oral tradition. The language is an important part of the cultural identity of the Balochi people, and is an important link to the history and culture of the region.