Hazaras, Persian-speaking people, native to central Afghanistan.
The Hazaras (Persian: هزاره, romanized: Hazāra; Hazaragi: آزره) are a Persian-speaking ethnic group native to, and primarily residing in, the mountainous region of Hazarajat, in central Afghanistan. They speak the Hazaragi dialect of Persian which is mutually intelligible with Dari, one of the two official languages of Afghanistan.They are the third-largest ethnic group in Afghanistan, and are also a significant minority group in neighboring Pakistan, where there is a population of between 650,000 and 900,000, mostly in Quetta. Hazaras are considered to be one of the most oppressed groups in Afghanistan, and their persecution dates back decades.
The word Hazāra etymologically remains disputed.
Babur, founder of the Mughal Empire in the early 16th century, records the name Hazāra in his autobiography.
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