Pakistan creates new anthem record

Published: August 14, 2011
Screen capture of Karachiites setting the world record. PHOTO: ALI KHURSHID

Screen capture of Karachiites setting the world record. PHOTO: ALI KHURSHID

Screen capture of Karachiites setting the world record. PHOTO: ALI KHURSHID 5857 people gathered in Khadda market at midnight August 14 to create a new world record.

KARACHI: Enthusiasts gathered in Karachi  to create a new record for the most number of people singing a national anthem simultaneously – and they succeeded.

According to witnesses and event management, 5,857 people gathered at a stadium in Khadda market area of Karachi and beat the previous record of 5,248, achieved by students, staff, faculty and alumni of MSU-IIT (Philippines) who sang ‘Lupang Hinirang’ Philippines’ National Anthem, at the MSU-IIT gymnasium, in Iligan, Philippines, on 1 September 2009.

The record breaking attempt was organised online using Facebook and Twitter and even included a last minute tweeting frenzy as the record-attempt faced failure of falling short of a few hundred people.

In the end, the required number of people gathered at the spot and as the clock struck 12, the jubilant crowd started singing the national anthem “Pak sar zameen” to mark Pakistan’s 64th independence day and set a new world record.

The record itself will be unofficial until formally recognized by Guinness World Records.

View a video of the complete anthem record here.

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  • Celina
    Aug 14, 2011 - 2:44AM

    Pakistan Zindabad


  • Midhat
    Aug 14, 2011 - 2:44AM

    Please change the article’s title to:
    Pakistan creates new anthem record :)


  • Aadersh
    Aug 14, 2011 - 2:47AM

    Pak sar Zameen Shad bad…Long Live Pakistan!!


  • Aug 14, 2011 - 2:47AM

    Amazing and Spectacular!~Recommend

  • AR
    Aug 14, 2011 - 2:48AM

    Great spirit guys! :)


  • Architect
    Aug 14, 2011 - 2:48AM

    Bravo… Long live Islamic Republic of Pakistan


  • Aug 14, 2011 - 2:48AM

    bravo :) I wish I was there, but I am a little too far away, love you pakistan


    Aug 14, 2011 - 2:52AM



  • Aug 14, 2011 - 3:46AM

    Wuhooo… yeh another World record by Pakistanis. Spot on…


  • Faisal Khan
    Aug 14, 2011 - 4:10AM

    A better picture would have been nice :(


  • liberal
    Aug 14, 2011 - 4:12AM

    Yes With the Help of PTI


  • Faisal Khan
    Aug 14, 2011 - 4:12AM

    Correct please the time was 1:00 am when people sang. Thank you.


  • Aadersh
    Aug 14, 2011 - 4:17AM

    Pakistan Zindabad!!


  • Aug 14, 2011 - 4:26AM

    Please change the title and replace Karachi with Pakistan i.e. rename it to “Pakistan creates new anthem record”. I was there and will remember the moment for my entire life. Pakistan Zindabad!!!


  • Rehan
    Aug 14, 2011 - 4:33AM

    Blind patriotism! How about these youth actually do something really patriotic for Pakistan, like volunteer at a charity hospital, or take up cases of minorities and women who have been victimized by our society.


  • Osama Sarwar
    Aug 14, 2011 - 4:36AM



  • saad siddiqui
    Aug 14, 2011 - 4:42AM

    Am in love with U Pakistan


  • Umair
    Aug 14, 2011 - 4:48AM

    Bravo! Pakistan Zindabad!


  • Aug 14, 2011 - 5:02AM

    Please make the correction. The first National Anthem that was sung when clock struck 12 was to celebrate Pakistan’s Independence Day, not to break the world record. The record was broken one hour later when required number of people were gathered at the stadium.


  • Aamir
    Aug 14, 2011 - 6:30AM

    Congrats…………….couldn’t be more proud of you. May ALLAH (SWT) bless and protect you all…..stay united.

    Pakistan Zinda Baad


  • Another Country lover -_-
    Aug 14, 2011 - 6:56AM

    I mean seriously, nothing – NOTHING brings tears to my eyes except for the love and my passion for my country. I feel bad that there are more haters than lovers of our country. But I know, if needed, I’ll even go and wage a Jihad for my country. As this country has always been there for me to hide me in. Provide me shelter. I owe my life to this country. It has given me the warmth of a home I couldn’t find. May Allah shower His countless blessings on this country! <3


  • Muhammad Imran
    Aug 14, 2011 - 7:10AM

    I was there and it was amazing, storm, kesc’s loadshedding didn’t stop us :D


  • Mehnaz
    Aug 14, 2011 - 9:19AM

    We know it is the most iconic song but since when did “Dil Dil Pakistan” become our national anthem?


  • jordan
    Aug 14, 2011 - 9:55AM

    110% agreed !! long live Pakistan =))


  • Aug 14, 2011 - 10:30AM

    It’s always good to sing your national anthem in chorus but it would have been much better had these mostly young people had marched towards the GHQ Rawalpindi on the independence day and asked the Generals to “Stay Away” from politics, governance, foreign policy, defence policy and of course manufacturing corn flakes!. No one except the Pakistani youth can send the army to the barracks but sadly they have got their priorities all terribly messed up.


  • RealityCheck
    Aug 14, 2011 - 10:41AM

    And what difference that will make in the lives of average Pakistani, nothing more then useless jingoism. Oh yeah by the way the reason they were short of initially 2000 people was may be ticket price for the event.


  • Aug 14, 2011 - 11:14AM

    Let’s keep the sprit of Pakistan high. Pakistan is made to progress along with other countries in the world. Inshallah, we will overcome the current problems and crises and a day will come in the life of a common man when he will say that there is no better country in the world than “Pakistan”.



  • Mooed
    Aug 14, 2011 - 11:38AM



  • Lobster
    Aug 14, 2011 - 11:56AM


    “Acha hai dil kai pas rahay pasban-e-aqal”
    “Laikin kabhi kabhi usay tanha bhi chor dai”

    Welldone, every positive news welcome!


  • Aug 14, 2011 - 12:13PM

    Hope this will now translate into doing something meaningful for the nation, in terms of decisive action!


  • saira
    Aug 14, 2011 - 3:40PM

    It should b named as Pakistan creates a new anthem record and not as Karachi creates a new anthem record. We Sindhi Punjabi Balochi Pathan and Urdu speaking we all are one nation. We ale are Pakistanis.Recommend

  • Anjum
    Aug 14, 2011 - 3:57PM

    Great spontanious move by the youth, good signs. Pakistan zindabad. We are a nation of patriots. Forever. We will bring our house in order by our determination. Love to all fellow pakistanis. Great people.


  • Sadaf
    Aug 14, 2011 - 4:09PM

    Can I gag! Where were these 5857 people when a bus filled with passengers was set on fire?


  • Ray of Hope
    Aug 14, 2011 - 4:44PM

    Absolutely right, Sadaf, the people can also gather in this way in order to fight terrorism and against terrorists, because only Unity is the only solution against this menace of terrorism in Karachi.


  • Saad Durrani
    Aug 14, 2011 - 4:58PM

    I wonder where were you when the same bus was on fire. Pointing is easy, my friend.


  • Malik Hamza
    Aug 14, 2011 - 4:58PM

    Pakistan Zindadbad


  • shania
    Aug 14, 2011 - 6:36PM

    we karachi rocks


  • shania khan
    Aug 14, 2011 - 6:38PM

    pakistan zindabad inshallah we will break every record like this pakistan zindabad!!!


  • hamzaa
    Aug 14, 2011 - 7:15PM

    Will all this celebration bring some improvement in our conduct and responsibility? I have all myt doubts. We have celebrated another event as a ritual.


  • Kinza Malik
    Aug 14, 2011 - 7:40PM

    bravo ! :) :D


  • Aug 14, 2011 - 7:48PM

    @Rehan, sure a sane advice, start by taking the lead.
    so much for lecturing when u didnt even do anything, atleast Karachites had this much spirit.


  • Youth
    Aug 14, 2011 - 8:11PM

    We’re doing that too. So before you start criticizing everything you DON’T see happening before you, try appreciating what you DO see.


  • Muhammad Nauman Imtiaz
    Aug 14, 2011 - 8:39PM

    Well I am feeling proud of the fact ! But there is one thing I need to mention this is 65th Independence Day. Not 64th :)
    Pakistan Zindabad !!! <3 <3 <3


  • Sadaf
    Aug 14, 2011 - 8:57PM

    @Saad Durrani: I never said I was an activist :) I just meant that if these people had the energy and time to gather and sing a song – which mind you has lost its meaning for a lot of young people today – then shouldnt this activism be used more productively. I might have appreciated it more if the gathering had been to mourn all the lives lost in Karachi in just the last 2-3 months and the anthem was sung as a reminder of what the country stood for, the sacrifices that shaped it and a renewed commitment to do better.


  • Aug 15, 2011 - 1:28AM

    You mean to say people who actually volunteer for charity organizations or take up a cause like protecting minorities and underprivileged people were NOT there at the event? Before making assumptions please know what you are talking about. Just because so many people came out to celebrate an event without any political, corporate or academic reasons and purely for a national cause doesn’t mean they have no life-worth for others. Many people over there are actually helping the society in more ways than you can imagine.


  • kinzah
    Aug 15, 2011 - 1:56AM

    @ reality check…the event was totally free..anyone who wanted was a part of it..the security the venue the sound system the media was totally free of cost..I was there and I can tell you that it takes time gather so many people and make sure its in order..the head count couldn’t happen bcz of weather and lights..

  • Somayya
    Aug 15, 2011 - 1:59AM

    it was good but i wish it would be in national dresses, that would have added spice to it :)
    ITS NOT 64th independence day, its 65th independence day :)
    “…..My Lord, make this a City of Peace, and feed its people with fruits…..” (Al-Baqarah:126) Happy 65th Independence Day :)


  • Malik Sajjad
    Aug 15, 2011 - 6:38AM

    Congratulation Pakistanis who made this.


  • ravindra
    Aug 15, 2011 - 3:36PM

    misleading headline – i thought pakistan has changed its original anthem.


  • Sanaullah
    Aug 15, 2011 - 4:15PM

    The best part of news for me was the twittering and facebook usage and I am wondering whether the social media can get together the youth of Pakistan for a “Change”


  • Hasan
    Aug 15, 2011 - 6:02PM

    Congratulation Pakistanis who made this.
    I Love Pakistan too!!!!!!!!!!
    Allah please save this country from bad and corrupt people…………………
    May this country be a true Islamic and a Peaceful country……………….


  • Crimson Blue
    Aug 15, 2011 - 10:22PM

    And whats the point of this world record? How about collecting 6000 young people to clean up the streets?


  • ejaz ulhaq booni
    Aug 15, 2011 - 11:33PM

    we always make records in doing simple things…..we have never made a record by inventing something in the field of science. there is nothing to be proud.


  • Uday Rathod
    Aug 16, 2011 - 2:25AM

    @ Ravindra….
    Well said Ravi…
    To all Pakis… Singing national anthem in a bunch will not make a difference
    If you all are so proud of your nation, Then atleast follow 10% of what your national anthem means… Recommend

  • Irshad Khan
    Aug 16, 2011 - 12:37PM

    Karachi is number one in many many contributions to the country ie Providing maximum taxes, Maximum savings Accounts, Maximum Banking services, Maximum Industrial products, Maximum amount in Zakat in Banks and otherwise in cash, Maximum medical facilities, also specialised, established by local NGOs, providing maximum and unparallel help to flood and earth quake victims (human resources and financially), biggest employment providers to all countrymen and what not. YEH MERA KARACHI HAI. The whole Pakistan is proud of it and should also follow it.


  • A-Paki-Civilian
    Aug 16, 2011 - 1:06PM

    Congratulations My Home Land My Love Pakistan!!!!

    It gives a great feeling when we see all of us stand united and together, let us forget the ethnic separation issues and will never pop it up Insha Allah, be together for whole life and fight for our rights together as one Pakistani and achieve success in the coming ERA.



  • A A K
    Aug 16, 2011 - 3:27PM

    While the young and exuberant optimistic Pakistanis sang the national anthem, their chosen leaders sat in their offices devising new ways to channel state money into their offshore accounts ! This could have been the news item.
    Both the number of people singing the anthem, as well as the amount of money stolen from Pakistan, are unbeaten records.


  • I agree this record is a bit pointless, but ask yourself what have you done really that means something. Only then do you have a right to criticize. Those among us making a true difference, like events like these b/c having fun never killed anyone. Stop being such a buzz kill.


  • Abdullah
    Aug 24, 2011 - 9:08PM

    Pakistan Zindabad… Hope in future positive steps and record created at every level of the country


  • ZnZ
    Sep 6, 2011 - 4:40AM

    i agree with ravindra; i thought the national anthem had been changed =\


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