The kalash people are residing in the Chitral District of KPK province of Pakistan. They speak the Kalasha language, from the Dardic family of the Indo-Aryan branch. Kalasha are considered unique among the peoples of Pakistan. They are also considered to be Pakistan’s smallest religious community.
Many of the Kalash are blond haired and blue eyed, somewhat of an anomaly in Pakistan! Some of the Kalash people claim to be descendants of Alexander the Great’s soldiers; and a recent genetic analysis has substantiated this belief. A study by Hellenthal et al. (2014) on the DNA of the Kalash people showed evidence of input from modern day Germany and Austria between 990 and 210 BC, a period that overlaps with that of Alexander the Great. There also has been speculations that Kalasha forefathers might have been descended from ancient Middle East.