Multani is a Brahmic script originating in the Multan region of Punjab. The script was used for routine writing and commercial activities. Multani is one of four Landa scripts whose usage was extended beyond the mercantile domain and formalized for literary activity and printing; the others being Gurmukhi (Punjabi), Khojki (Marwari) and Khudawadi (Sindhi). Although Multani is now obsolete, it is a historical script in which written and printed records exist.
Traders or bookkeepers wrote in a script known as Langdi, although use of this script has been significantly reduced in recent times. Preliminary Proposal to Encode the Multani Script in ISO/IEC 10646 is submitted by Anshuman Pandey, on 26-04-2011. Saraiki Unicode has been approved in 2005.
The most common Saraiki writing system today is the Perso-Arabic script. Saraiki has a 43-letter alphabet including, which includes five letters not used in the related Punjabi and Hindko languages. The additional letters are:
The full alphabet is:
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Saraiki uses the Eastern Arabic numerals:
Romanization is often termed "transliteration" but that is not strictly correct, as transliteration is the direct representation of letters by using foreign symbols, but most systems for romanizing Arabic are actually transcription systems that represent the sound of the language. For example, the above rendering munaratu l-?ur?fi l-?arab?yah of the Arabic: ? is a transcription, indicating the pronunciation; an example of transliteration would be mna?r? al?rwf al?rby?.
For Saraiki, all letters and symbols are used in Saraiki in Latin script.
The Devanagari and Gurmukhi scripts, written from left to right, were used by Sikhs and Hindus. Though not used in present-day Pakistan, there are still emigrant speakers in India who know the Devanagari or Gurmukhi scripts for Saraiki.