Pakistan sets world record for singing national anthem simultaneously

Published: October 20, 2012

Pakistan breaks India's record as Shahbaz Sharif also sings the anthem at the event. PHOTO: ONLINE

LAHORE: As many as 44,200 Pakistanis sang the national anthem together at the National Hockey Stadium, Lahore on Saturday to set a new world record, breaking India’s record.

The event was organised as part of the ongoing youth festival in the province.

Guinness World Record (GWR) officials present at the stadium, presented a certificate confirming that 44,200 people had successfully managed to set a new world record.

The Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif also arrived to partake and witness the event.

The participants arrived at the stadium earlier during the day and practiced the national anthem for hours. It was earlier reported that 70,000 people had sung the anthem, however the official score put the figure at 44,200.

Guinness World Records adjudicator Gareth Deaves said that he was impressed with the enthusiasm shown by the youth of Punjab and he was amazed to see a big gathering at the National Hockey Stadium.

“It is a very important day for the people of Pakistan, specially Punjab as a big audience has gathered here to create new records in many events including singing of national anthem and creation of Pakistan flag by the audience present in the arena ,” he told the media.

Gareth said that the GWR team was very impressed to see the enthusiasm of the people of Pakistan and he was glad to see the interest of people attempting to create new records for GWR.

The previous record was set by India when 15, 243 people sang the national anthem simultaneously earlier this year.

Earlier in August, an attempt was made to set a new world record in Karachi when thousands of students gathered on University Road to sing the national anthem.

A similar event was staged in Karachi last year when as many as 5,857 people gathered at the Khadda Market ground to make a new record. While the numbers were enough to break the then record of 5,248 people singing the anthem simultaneously, no Guinness officials were present at the event, meaning it was never chalked up as an official record attempt.

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Reader Comments (79)

  • Khan
    Oct 20, 2012 - 8:18PM

    Are you sure there were 70,000 People ? as far as I know National Hockey Stadium has a total capacity of 45,000 then add a couple of thousand people standing in the playing area .. can’t be more than 50,000 in total .. where do you fit 70,000 then?

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  • Oct 20, 2012 - 8:19PM

    Pakistan Zindabad! :)

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  • Ali
    Oct 20, 2012 - 8:41PM

    Did 70,000 students ever gather for something that really matters? Singing the national anthem is great but this is not going to solve any problem. Such things look good in places where there are no other issues.

    These students should also think about getting together to condemn terrorism.

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  • PaKhtoon
    Oct 20, 2012 - 8:43PM

    thats Great, Thank you guy’s God Bless you, Pakistan Zindabad

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  • Ali
    Oct 20, 2012 - 8:48PM

    I cannot understand this waste of money………..one has to pay Guinness for expenses……..on on hand we beg for aid and than waste money………..

    Nationalism is not about an anthem it is about justice a land provides to its citizen…….in pakistan there is no justice especially for poor……Recommend

  • I.
    Oct 20, 2012 - 8:57PM

    Waooooo :D
    We Pakistanis are so cooool ! :D

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  • Nitish
    Oct 20, 2012 - 8:58PM

    Not a big deal….Once again good attempt to overtake indiaRecommend

  • commentator
    Oct 20, 2012 - 9:06PM

    Pak sir zameeen shad baad…!

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  • Fahad
    Oct 20, 2012 - 9:08PM

    Congrats to all participants and i hope and wish we will break all records in each field.

    Long Live Pakistan…..Pakistan ZIndabad

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  • Something Clever
    Oct 20, 2012 - 9:10PM

    I wonder how many were just mouthing it.
    …What? It happens everywhere.

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  • Enlightened
    Oct 20, 2012 - 9:10PM

    Congratulations to Pakistan for breaking the Indian record. Imran Khan in order to make amends to his statements should make another attempt to go to North Waziristan with his supporters and sing Pakistan National Anthem along with Talebans.Recommend

  • Jibran
    Oct 20, 2012 - 9:17PM

    Another laurel in the crown of the King of Punjab. His Highness is exalted with the correct use of public resources and school children.

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  • Addi Butt
    Oct 20, 2012 - 9:24PM

    its great, but for the peoples information, PTI has already broken this record by singing the National Anthem in his Lahore are Karachi Jalsas with more than 2 lac people.

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  • shahid
    Oct 20, 2012 - 9:29PM

    yes…yes…….show the whole world who we r and how united we r …70k ..wow!!!!!! far higher than the indians :D

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Oct 20, 2012 - 9:51PM

    The day entire nation will sing the National Anthem collectively and at one time that will be the turning point and Pakistan will start progressing in every sphere of life.

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

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  • Lalalala
    Oct 20, 2012 - 10:02PM

    PAKISTAN ZiNDABAD!
    Haters are gonna hate.let them hate.!Recommend

  • Hamid Hassan Khan
    Oct 20, 2012 - 10:02PM

    This shows the love of people with Pakistan…. Pakistan Zindabad…Recommend

  • Ghulam Mustafa
    Oct 20, 2012 - 10:05PM

    They also chanted religious slogans “Ya Allah” “Ya Rasool Allah (Salalaho-Alaehe-Wasallam), that appears not being included in your report, how strange! Nevertheless, good effort this was by my fellow brethren and sisters.

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  • Iftikhar
    Oct 20, 2012 - 10:13PM

    Has Punjab ever gathered for the cause of innocent people being targeted on daily basis in the city of Quetta? Singing national anthem will not heal the pain of hundreds of families whose loved ones are kidnaped and killed in Baluchistan.

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  • Falcon
    Oct 20, 2012 - 10:19PM

    I think that rather than being cynical, it is something we should appreciate…even if it is just a symbol of patriotism. In time, we will find ways to channel this energy and passion in other constructive ways as well.

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  • mastmulla
    Oct 20, 2012 - 10:22PM

    As a Ahmedi we are afraid to even sing let alone be found that we are muslims.

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  • Abhi
    Oct 20, 2012 - 10:22PM

    Congrats for world record!
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  • Murtaza
    Oct 20, 2012 - 10:26PM

    No matter how many people are singing the national anthem in the leadership of Shahbaz shareef. But, it is much better to sing “Nach Punjaban” with Ibrarul Haq and Imran Khan. Islamic Republic of Pakistan…ZindabadRecommend

  • roflcopter
    Oct 20, 2012 - 10:28PM

    Wow what an achievement /sarcasm

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  • majid Mehmood
    Oct 20, 2012 - 10:33PM

    yes we have done it and break indian record….Recommend

  • Ducky
    Oct 20, 2012 - 10:35PM

    Those who are saying that singing the national anthem wont solve anything, please note that the anthem is meant to instill the love of your country in your heart. I’m sure everyone who participated feels differently about Pakistan. I’m a thousand miles away and feel disconnected from the country because of the happenings, yet I felt moved when I saw the news. I felt my love being revived, and thats saying alot since I’m an Ahmedi.

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  • Usman Zafar
    Oct 20, 2012 - 10:44PM

    PML N shows a sign of strength and unity. Lahore still belongs to loins……..

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  • Kaleem
    Oct 20, 2012 - 11:03PM

    70,000 guys singing national anthem to show their passion towards our love Pakistan, and you think thats fun? If thats not big achievement, what bigger you have done for this country? We are getting overly sarcastic in our political bias, God bless us.

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  • Enlightened
    Oct 20, 2012 - 11:11PM

    My dear Pakistani friends, creating of a world record on National Anthem is not good enough until nationalism is truly practiced by all its citizens ie treating one and all living in Pakistan with respect and equality, irrespective of one’s religion and faith.

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  • afzaalkhan
    Oct 20, 2012 - 11:16PM

    @Usman Zafar

    Stop using this as political point, these were not all n league. Then you wonder why no one cares abt you.Recommend

  • John
    Oct 20, 2012 - 11:21PM

    An excellent display of Unity, which this nation requires the most.

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  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Oct 20, 2012 - 11:22PM

    Year 2025: Pakistan and India have stopped warring and playing see saw with Guinness book record. Every year population of these countries is displaying childish behavior by singing their respective national anthem. In the past danger to country or religion has been used to unite population. These countries are uniting there population by claiming that their Guinness book record is in danger.

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  • ahmad
    Oct 20, 2012 - 11:23PM

    @Khan: if you watched it live then you would know 15000 athletes were on the field….

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  • Azi
    Oct 20, 2012 - 11:25PM

    And whats the point of all this effort? Its not like Pakistanis love their homeland soo much. If they did Pakistan wouldnt be in a pathetic situation it is now.

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  • Umer
    Oct 20, 2012 - 11:26PM

    What’s the point?

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  • Hasan
    Oct 20, 2012 - 11:31PM

    @Nitish:

    Actually we overtook Hindustan a long time ago when we started feeding our poor and building public toilets – something that hasn’t reached you guys yet.

    Awesome gesture from the youth of Pakistan – true, this won’t solve any of the material issues plaguing the country, but it’s actually very significant to see that Pakistanis are determined to unite behind these nationalist statements. Nothing is more infuriating to the enemies of the state.

    Hasan

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  • Nitro
    Oct 20, 2012 - 11:51PM

    @Nitish: whats an india?

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  • Anwar
    Oct 21, 2012 - 12:05AM

    better timing for this event would have been 14th Aug or 23rd march. Plannning’s always needed Mr. CM.

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  • LionOfPunjab
    Oct 21, 2012 - 12:14AM

    After stuffing of 70+ karachi girl students in the smart car, this the another milestone achieved by the youth of pakistan, especially karachi. I can bet most of these people will be voting for PTI. World should take a notice that youth of pakistan can achieve any useless milestone.

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  • Oct 21, 2012 - 12:31AM

    luv u pakistan. . . <3
    its a great and memorable record. . .thanks a lot to all pakistani participate our CM punjab<3 & organizers. . . <3Recommend

  • Tribal Manto
    Oct 21, 2012 - 12:35AM

    a sheer wastage of time. what they wanted to prove?? There isn’t a single word of our national language in this anthem. we take pride in reflected glory… dust off this hypocrisy and be an original nation Pakistaniooooo…..Recommend

  • Khalid
    Oct 21, 2012 - 12:45AM

    these gimicks dont work anymore

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  • Zubair
    Oct 21, 2012 - 12:47AM

    While it’s nice, I hope it doesn’t make us blind to our problems.

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  • Abubakar
    Oct 21, 2012 - 12:53AM

    Brilliant Job by Govt. of Punjab … Hats off to Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif … PMLN is amazing in taking new initiatives to project better Image of Pakistan … BravoRecommend

  • Huma Butt
    Oct 21, 2012 - 1:32AM

    Singing the national anthem doesn’t help. People should now focus on the needs of the Pashtuns of FATA and Balochs who are suffering very much.

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  • Khalid Bugti
    Oct 21, 2012 - 1:33AM

    Pakistan Zindabad! :-)

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  • David
    Oct 21, 2012 - 1:54AM

    @Hasan “we overtook Hindustan a long time ago when we started feeding our poor and building public toilets”
    Feeding what !! Bullets ??
    Building Toilets !!! Or madrassas !!

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  • nomi
    Oct 21, 2012 - 2:08AM

    I do not care about what our eastern neighbours did and say.

    My questions is – Isn’t it unislamic that men and women singing together and that too in a musical event? Ghairat brigade where are you?

    Where are my islam loving Pakistanis who bring religion into everything? Now, isn’t this unislamic?

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  • Azmuh
    Oct 21, 2012 - 2:25AM

    Instead of using those 70k people to sing the anthem, we could have used them to clean up Lahore by picking up the mess

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  • Jawad U Rehman
    Oct 21, 2012 - 2:28AM

    What a waste of money. It was sad to see people celebrating a non-competitive event as if they have won a world cup. With Pakistan slipping further and further down in international competitive sports, stunts like this are no replacement for true competitiveness and professionalism. Can somebody calculate the cost of pulling this one, and find out how we would have been much better off in spending this money on training and infrastructure of youth sport in poor areas.

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  • rahul
    Oct 21, 2012 - 2:32AM

    @Hasan .. Wow !! Congrats on the toilets and feeding poor. I wonder why after making so much of progress , world calls pakistan a failed state?. Pakistan has no poor , 100%literates, booming economy , leading tech companies etc etc. But you dont care live in your dreamland!!.

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  • Kharri baat
    Oct 21, 2012 - 3:30AM

    After a long time, something positive to Pakistan’s credit finally. Some people say we don’t get anything from singing anthems. The point is not this; it is that up to 44,000 people congregated for something they believed in. Saw it live and believe me, the feeling was surreal. I pray that our nation again sees happiness, prosperity and better days. Not a fan of Khadim-e-Aala but this can be attributed to him.

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  • David
    Oct 21, 2012 - 4:35AM

    I hate to rain on anyone’s parade, but I have to question this record. It is customary in the US to sing the national anthem before sports events. The Michigan University stadium seats 109,901, and its record attendance was 114,804. The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA, has over 100,000 for each New Year’s Game. Here is video of the Michigan Band playing the national anthem with a view of the 100,000+ attending the 2005 Rose Bowl game, all presumably singing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTPiVKgGmP8&feature=endscreen

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  • Zeux
    Oct 21, 2012 - 4:44AM

    Guys loose up.
    It was just to make a record. Glad all youth gathered just to sing along national anthem. Good moment

    and haters, i know where you lot are coming from. thanks for your irrelevant opinions. now go back

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  • Zeux
    Oct 21, 2012 - 4:47AM

    @Umer:
    The point was to make a Guinness record. which is quite obvious.

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  • Aijaz Haider
    Oct 21, 2012 - 5:21AM

    @Ali: I agree with you 100%.
    @PaKhtoon: Pakistan Zindabad!
    @Nitro: Our neighbourig country on the eastern border.
    @Ducky: Thank you for the kind words.
    @Khan: PLease read the line “It was earlier reported that 70,000 people had sung the anthem, however the official score put the figure at 44,200.”.
    Regards.

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  • Umer
    Oct 21, 2012 - 6:41AM

    @Usman Zafar:

    PML N shows a sign of strength and unity. Lahore still belongs to loins……..

    Really? Are you referring to you leaders as loins, which is a part of human body? Nooners need to work on their English or it could become embarrassing for their leaders.

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  • Pakistani
    Oct 21, 2012 - 7:27AM

    PAK SAR ZAMEEN SHAAD BAAD

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  • Tony
    Oct 21, 2012 - 7:39AM

    Why is there such a big deal?? Not as though u’ve won the world cup or captured mullah umar!! Lol.

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  • Patriotic
    Oct 21, 2012 - 7:48AM

    @Hamid Hassan Khan: Yes it seems love for Pakistan is only in Punjab and it could be worthwhile when the students from all the provinces would participate and particularly people from Balochistan! and it is nothing but publicity stunt from PML (N) when they are not be able to deliver to their nation they want them to cheer up for something which is not going to change the reality of Pakistan which is a mess at this moment!

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  • anwar suhail
    Oct 21, 2012 - 8:07AM

    By God we really aren’t capable of enjoying a simple refreshing event. If this simple event is not a great help, all your pseudo- intellectualism and negativity is futile. Feel sorry for cynics.

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  • Pakboy
    Oct 21, 2012 - 8:31AM

    @Umer:
    To make a Guinness world record. You got that?

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  • Rabia
    Oct 21, 2012 - 8:57AM

    @mastmulla: I’m sorry about that. I wish (and I’m not alone) that things were not this way for you and all people who experience such things in Pakistan

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  • mr. righty rightist
    Oct 21, 2012 - 9:35AM

    This is news?

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  • Oct 21, 2012 - 11:43AM

    somthing is better than nohing@Ali:

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  • Oct 21, 2012 - 12:22PM

    Well done Pakistan………..

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  • Oct 21, 2012 - 12:24PM

    Well Done Pakistan…Well Done……

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  • tahirhabibalvi
    Oct 21, 2012 - 2:40PM

    pakistan zindabad love u pakistan thanks to cm punjab for calling guiness book world record team to pakistan allah cm ko is ka sila dey

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  • Hasan
    Oct 21, 2012 - 5:32PM

    @David:

    Every year Hindustan loses over 500,000 female babies through gender selection technology – that’s around 10 times more deaths than our TOTAL losses through terrorism over the past decade. So posting idiotic messages about bullets under a fake western name doesn’t really change how backward your country is…the only thing you have is strength of numbers, and this world record shows even that is unimportant.

    If each and every Pakistani who attended this gathering can come away from it with even the tiniest sense of national duty, then this record is certainly something worth celebrating…as always, I pray for our nation.

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

    Hasan

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  • S
    Oct 21, 2012 - 7:13PM

    Pakistan Zindabad!! ALLAH (SWT) hamri madad farma

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  • banti rani
    Oct 21, 2012 - 7:48PM

    this shows whats strength of pakistan. pakistan can each and every thing its begining not end .

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  • Hamid Hassan Khan
    Oct 21, 2012 - 8:39PM

    My Friend you r right. They are using anthem of Pakistan for Political purpose…Recommend

  • UH
    Oct 21, 2012 - 9:15PM

    @Nitish:
    Nitish, looks like the grapes are sour for you!! Be human! Be happy at others’ achievements!

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  • Aijaz Haider
    Oct 21, 2012 - 9:50PM

    @Anwar: Agree wih you; 14th August
    @Usman Zafar: loins? or lions? loins are (two) parts of the body; lions are becoming a rare specie. Nothing to do with PM-N, right? Typo error? Never kind (oops! Never mind).
    @Addi Butt: Inform GWR asap.
    Regards.

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  • Oct 22, 2012 - 10:51PM

    I know singing the national anthem isn’t something that constructive. And it is very easy to criticize the whole event.

    But given all the violence, pessimism and overall turmoil that our country has been facing, I think this initiative showed another side of Pakistan. It shows that there are people in the country who are capable of peacefully and harmoniously pulling off something they have their eyes on.

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  • Oct 29, 2012 - 1:25PM

    Just to make the record straight , the record attempt for most people singing national anthem on 14th August 2011 was made official by guinness on 11th October 2011

    Guinness works in 2 ways. Either invited their judges to the event, which involved big fees, hotel and travel expenses and they can judge right there and award the certificate
    or else, make all data available to them like photos, videos, news clipps and video clips and send it to their head quarter in the uk. This is free and it takes around 8 weeks for them to finalized and confirm the record.

    So the organizers sent the evidences to them and it was then finalized by 11th October 2011.
    More details can be seen on the facebook page.

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  • Dec 4, 2012 - 6:49PM

    An absolute sister definitely isn’t anyone, unfortunately anyone can be an sister.Recommend

  • Rizwan Ahmad Bhatty
    Dec 15, 2012 - 2:29PM

    its really impressive and shows that we love our Great Pakistan. The Nation of Peace, Love & Prosperity and wants to see the World as one Nation.

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  • Rizwan Ahmad Bhatty
    Dec 15, 2012 - 2:33PM

    Its shows that we love our Great Pakistan. The Nation/Land of Peace, Love & Prosperity and wants to see the World as one Nation.

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