Nepalese in Pakistan
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Lahore · Islamabad
Urdu · Punjabi · Nepali
Related ethnic groups
Nepali people

There is a small community of Nepalis in Pakistan (Urdu: پاکستانی نیپالی ) who are mostly the citizens of Nepal and descendants of Gurkhas who served in the Sikh Khalsa Army as well as recent migrants from Nepal.

Migration history

After the Anglo–Nepalese War, some dissident Nepalese commanders and 200 troops joined the Punjab army and were warmly welcomed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Parts of the Nepali Army which had fought valiantly against Punjab were integrated into the Punjabi armed forces. These Punjabi troops of Nepali origin were stationed in Lahore. Their countrymen back in Nepal started calling them "Lahure", since they were working in Lahore. This is how the term Lahure originated.[2][3]

Nepalese doctors and medical students have been coming to Pakistan in recent years for work and further education. Approximately, 70 Nepali students, including 40 doctors, are pursuing higher education in Punjab province alone. All together, more than 200 Nepalis are pursuing medical courses in Pakistan.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "International Nepal Fellowship - Nepali diaspora". Archived from the original on 2016-03-13. Retrieved 2011-01-11.
  2. ^ The Kathmandu Post - A forgotten history—I
  3. ^ Aryal, Mallika (17 October 2008). "The Gurkhas and Lahore". Nepali Times. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  4. ^ - Nepali docs fraught in Pak medi-strike