Pakistan's national anthem to be rearranged

Published: June 22, 2017
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ISLAMABAD: The government has tasked the Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) to rearrange the national anthem’s musical rendition – originally composed by Ahmed G. Chagla – using a world class orchestra, truly representing the country’s cultural diversity.

This was decided during a meeting chaired by Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb. The meeting was held to review preparations for celebrating Pakistan’s 70th independence anniversary.

PNCA director-general Jamal Shah has been assigned to submit a detailed proposal in the context.

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The minister directed officials concerned to leave no stone unturned in preparations to celebrate the Independence Day in a befitting manner.

The ministry and all its allied departments should make concerted efforts to make the celebrations a historic event, she said, adding that art, culture and heritage of the country should be duly highlighted during the course of the celebrations.

Marriyum directed PTV to make quality products and creative promos to highlight Pakistan’s historic win against India in the Champion Trophy final. “This is indeed a landmark achievement,” she said.

The historic win had united the whole nation and created a rare sense of solidarity among the people of Pakistan, she said. “Therefore, the ministry should pro-actively play its due role in consolidating the gains of this historic triumph,” she added.

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The meeting also approved the design to be used as official logo for the 70th Independence Day celebrations.

The minister of state called for implementing all activities approved in the plan with dedication and asked the authorities concerned to finalise a calendar of events to be held in the country and abroad.

She said that special programmes creating awareness about indigenous art, culture and heritage should be prepared and aired.

The meeting was attended, among others, by the secretary Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the principal information officer of PID, the directors general of the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation, the External Publicity Wing, the Internal Publicity Wing and the Cyber Wing, and the APP MD.

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Reader Comments (22)

  • Rebirth
    Jun 22, 2017 - 12:26AM

    Next steps: change the flag, the name of the country, cities, etc.Recommend

  • ashar
    Jun 22, 2017 - 1:24AM

    After this, Change the FlagRecommend

  • SAM
    Jun 22, 2017 - 3:07AM

    What a joke?, diversity in Pakistan?!Recommend

  • Muneer
    Jun 22, 2017 - 4:24AM

    Do not mess with the National Anthem.If changed once every other government will get it rearranged.Can anything good come out from this corrupt government except creating controversies even when they do not exist ?.Recommend

  • Pro pakitani
    Jun 22, 2017 - 7:40AM

    Minister should focus on some real issuesRecommend

  • OSD
    Jun 22, 2017 - 8:06AM

    NO! Don’t mess with our national anthem!!Recommend

  • Anoni
    Jun 22, 2017 - 9:05AM

    NO NEED for new one .. This is one identity that hasn’t change for so long so why now ?Recommend

  • Tariq
    Jun 22, 2017 - 10:42AM

    Please do not mess with the national anthem. Will tomorrow you will change the flag? We have already messed with the name of our country. Recommend

  • Chishti
    Jun 22, 2017 - 11:18AM

    This is shame. You dont destroy your roots, its something to be proud off. A lousy idea.Recommend

  • Sharath Chandra
    Jun 22, 2017 - 11:31AM

    Along with it Pakistan mindset has to be rearrangedRecommend

  • Troubled
    Jun 22, 2017 - 11:59AM

    Ignorance is bliss. Rearranged doesn’t mean that they are changing it. The tune is the same. It will more classical than the military band type we are used to. If any of you can remember, when Pakistan won a medal at the Olympics, it would be this version that would play.

    I think this is a wonderful idea. Recommend

  • Anon
    Jun 22, 2017 - 12:32PM

    so many more grave problems we have – so much poverty – so much illiteracy – so many denied basic amenities in life and we need to change the anthem. Seriously !!!Recommend

  • Shakeel Mahota
    Jun 22, 2017 - 1:19PM

    No harm in making anthem more mellow, soulful and inspiring..but the new version should not take the place of the national anthem played by military band. It should be used in special events like sports, civil celebrations etc.Recommend

  • Waxili
    Jun 22, 2017 - 2:27PM

    Is it that important issue to deal with than other things in the country? Even it’s not a problem and has no issue at all. We need to tune up the minds of these politicians rather make the National Anthem tunes or whatever changed @Troubled: Recommend

  • Mudassir
    Jun 22, 2017 - 3:54PM

    Don’t mess with it. Its already the best and just perfect. Nothing can be done to make it any better. Salman Ahmad already ruined it in a similar bid. Don’t do that again.Recommend

  • Javaid Randhawa
    Jun 22, 2017 - 4:14PM

    Diverting attention by creating controversy.Recommend

  • ramallah khan
    Jun 22, 2017 - 5:21PM

    It is one of the best National Anthems in the world. Why change it? They want to make it Filmy so that all can keep singing it during free time. It is a rubbish idea to ‘rearrange’ it. It brings out ‘force and love’ for the country when hearing it. Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 22, 2017 - 11:24PM

    Rubbish idea.No one has right to decide for rearranging the composition of National Anthem. It is the nation of Pakistan who will decides.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 22, 2017 - 11:30PM

    Rubbish idea.Recommend

  • Ameer Qaisrani
    Jun 23, 2017 - 11:22AM

    Please do not change anything about itRecommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Jun 23, 2017 - 12:37PM

    Hands off our national anthem please!Recommend

  • MJ-Sid
    Jun 24, 2017 - 4:21AM

    The new Anthem … now with “jhankaar”!!Recommend

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