Khowar, also known as Chitrali is a regional language of Pakistan, and spoken by approximately 100,000 people in Pakistan, China and Afghanistan.


The Khowar alphabet is a right-to-left script, typically written in Nasta’liq and comprised of 60 letters.
This particular keyboard layout was designed by Rehmat Aziz Chitrali, an eminent Khowar linguist and president of the Khowar Academy of Chitral in Pakistan.
Developing this keyboard presented some unique challenges, particularly finding fonts that supported all khowar characters. Currently only Windows 8 has 100% coverage with the following fonts:

  • Arial
  •  Microsoft Sans Serif
  • Tahoma
  • Times New Roman

To download this keyboard, visit:

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3 thoughts on “New Khowar keyboard for Keyman Desktop”

Rehmat Aziz Chitrali · April 17, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Mr.Jeremy Kirkham

Thanks for uploading my Khowar Keyboard in your website. Khowar is the regional of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa spoken in Chitral Pakistan, and according to Khowar Academy’s recent research the total speakers of khowar language are approximately 100,000 people in Pakistan, China and Afghanistan.

Rehmat Aziz Chitrali

Rehmat Aziz Chitrali · April 18, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Mr.Jeremy Kirkham

Sir, the total speakers of khowar language are 10,00,000/- please remove the figure 100,000 and add 10,00,000/-

2. Please remove the word ” official language” and add ”regional language.

Rehmat Aziz Chitrali

Jeremy · April 19, 2013 at 9:10 am

Dear Rehmat,

I have updated “official language” to “regional language” but don’t know what you mean by 10,00,000 – this is the same number as 100,000 and is what you told me in your first comment.


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