The Punjabi alphabet is an alternative way to write Punjabi with the Perso-Arabic script developed and used by Punjabi Language Activists in Punjab. It is based on the Shahmukhi script with eight extra letters, and can be used to write all the sounds of Punjabi. It is generally written in the Nasta'liq calligraphic style. It can also be used to write the Pothohari, Hindko and Saraiki dialects.
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سارے لوگ حقاں تے عزت دے ݪحاظ ناݪ آزاد پیدا ہوݨدے نیں۔ او عقل سمجھ تے چنڳے مندے دی پچھاݨ رکھدے نیں، ایس ݪئ اوہناں ݢوں اک دوڄے ناݪ بھراواں آݪا سلوک کرݨا چائدا اے
Sārā manukhkhī parivār āpaṇī mahimā, śān ate hakkāņ de pakhkhoņ janama toņ hī āzād hai ate sute sidh sāre lok barābar han. Unhāņ sabhanā nūņ tarak ate zamīr dī saugāt milī hoī hai ate unhāņ nūņ bharātarībhāv dī bhāvanā rakhadiāņ āpas vic vicaraṇā cāhīdā hai.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
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