|4th century BCE – 3rd century CE|
|ISO 15924||Khar (305), Kharoshthi|
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The Kharoṣṭhī script (Kharosthi: 𐨑𐨪𐨆𐨯𐨠𐨁, also spelled Kharoshthi), also known as the Gāndhārī script, was an ancient Indo-Iranian script used by various peoples from the north-western outskirts of the Indian subcontinent (present-day Pakistan) to Central Asia via Afghanistan. An abugida, it was introduced at least by the middle of the 3rd century BCE, possibly during the 4th century BCE, and remained in use until it died out in its homeland around the 3rd century CE.