Anthem-singing youth set new world record

Published: October 21, 2012
Over 70,000 people create record for country. PHOTO: ONLINE

Over 70,000 people create record for country. PHOTO: ONLINE


Thousands of Pakistanis sang their way into the Guinness World Records (GWR) on Saturday by singing their national anthem in unison at the Punjab Youth Festival 2012. The festival was held at the National Hockey Stadium in Lahore.

When adjudicators of Guinness World Records, Gareth Deaves and Imran Javed, gave the thumbs up to the Punjab youths’ attempt, the whole stadium roared with applause.

Scores of stewards of the GWR closely observed participants singing the national anthem of Pakistan.

After Punjab enters the country’s name in the Guinness World Record Book, it will move towards individual events of GWR at the Expo Centre and attempt to achieve the record for largest mosaic and biggest human flag.

According to the Sports Board of Punjab, at least 24,000 students and athletes and 60,000 citizens were invited to sing the national anthem in order to create a new record in the GWR.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, who was attending the event, sang the national anthem along with the huge crowd. “This is not a Punjab festival, but a Pakistan festival,” he said.

The Punjab Youth Festival is a historical step for the bright future and development of the youth, he said. The event has provided opportunities to youth for displaying their talent. “Our youth are talented and if provided opportunities of sports, they can earn a good name for the country.” A march was held by athletes from nine divisions of Punjab. The chief minister said that he has witnessed very few events like the festival. GWR adjudicator Gareth Deaves said he was impressed with the enthusiasm shown by the youth of Punjab.

Speaking to the media, he said it is the first time that the people of Pakistan had taken up the GWR challenge, which speaks of their determination.

According to the official website of GWR, the previous record for most people singing a national anthem simultaneously was 15,243, in Aurangabad, India, on January 25, 2012. 

Published in The Express Tribune, October 21st, 2012. 

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Reader Comments (23)

  • SK
    Oct 21, 2012 - 12:00PM

    Pakistan Zindabad!!!!!!!!!!


  • Adil
    Oct 21, 2012 - 1:01PM

    Great achievement! Shame that the national anthem is in a language that most of the 42500 youths obviously don’t comprehend. Poor people, they have to either read write or speak around FIVE languages to stay in touch with the world around them. Punjabi / Sindhi / Pushto etc being the mother tongue. Urdu being the national language. English is the formal education / office language. Arabic to read the Quran and follow their religion. Farsi if they want to understand their national poet and anthem!  God help Pakistanis when the Chinese become an all weather superpower, the school kids will need a separate donkey cart for their language classes alone! Who knows, one day Pakistan may break the world record for having the highest percentage of the population who can speak the most languages in the world. Compare that to the two giants of the world- most of the Americans and Chinese populaces can only manage one miserly each. Well done Pakistanis. Now, which language do these neandrathals in North Waziristan understand?!


  • tribal
    Oct 21, 2012 - 2:31PM

    The official figure is 44.200 not 70,000 the media are full of crap


  • Tariq
    Oct 21, 2012 - 2:44PM

    its 43000 not 70000.pls correct your figureRecommend

  • Faisal Memon
    Oct 21, 2012 - 2:46PM

    So what are you celebrating? Progressive Nation? Educative Society? Healthy society…..Sometime I wonder..are we producing generation of Naive Youth


  • FP
    Oct 21, 2012 - 2:49PM

    I wish Pakistan breaks India’s economy records, that would be something to write home about.


  • ZZQ
    Oct 21, 2012 - 2:53PM

    …“This is not a Punjab festival, but a Pakistan festival,” he said… Though not a PML(N) fan, but i would still call it “Beautiful”. May Allah SWT unite us all in such spirits.

    A slap to all the so called Nationalists mongering hate in the country. C’mon Karachities, break this record…


  • ZZQ
    Oct 21, 2012 - 2:56PM

    …“This is not a Punjab festival, but a Pakistan festival,” he said… Though not a PML(N) fan, but i would still call it “Beautiful”. May Allah SWT unite us all in such spirits.

    A slap to all the so called Nationalists mongering hate in the country. C’mon Karachities, break this record…Recommend

  • Shamy
    Oct 21, 2012 - 3:33PM

    Out of the many non sensical records on Guiness, this is one of them. Guys ! the book of world records is not how it used to be 20 years back !!


  • Trace
    Oct 21, 2012 - 3:36PM

    Despite of the fact that few among us will always find out someting negative,



  • Nitish
    Oct 21, 2012 - 4:05PM

    @FP: Never going to happen.


  • joy
    Oct 21, 2012 - 6:42PM

    @ Adil: in which language is Pakistan’s anthem written?


  • Foolitics
    Oct 21, 2012 - 7:43PM

    It’s easier to beat a silly world record like this one than beat the Taliban. So naturally people pick the low hanging fruit. This attitude is not only specific to Pakistan but many countries.


  • Ahmed Zeeshan
    Oct 21, 2012 - 10:25PM

    I still wonders why people are so negative?
    Although not the biggest achievement this is but still come on guys appreciate it and hope for few better things in the future and most importantly meanwhile don’t forget to play your part, a positive impact , in the progress of Pakistan


  • Oct 21, 2012 - 10:28PM

    the girls in this picture , i know them :) they r my classfellows ,
    i was also present there


  • YP Toronto
    Oct 21, 2012 - 10:31PM

    Yes Nitish you are right but breaking this short of records does not mean anything its only symbolic.


  • gp65
    Oct 21, 2012 - 10:32PM

    @joy: Persian – in case Adil does not see your message.


  • sohaib zeshan
    Oct 22, 2012 - 1:01AM

    @adil, people like you always try to find some thing ‘critical’ . . . Well, multilinguism exists not only in pakistan but in many countries. . Infact it is good if pakistanis learn many languages! Now as far as national antham is concerned it is dominated with persian with a single urdu term ‘ka’ repeatly used. . . Question is why? Pakistan gov created a music and poets were ask to create a poem which could cope with that, so hafeez jalandhari created this master piece. . .Recommend

  • Ambreen
    Oct 22, 2012 - 9:35AM

    @joy: its in persian


  • irfaanmazhar
    Oct 22, 2012 - 12:08PM

    palistan zandaabad
    zabbardast performance for allllllllllll


  • Oct 22, 2012 - 12:10PM

    pakistan zindabad
    zabbardast performancefor allllllllllllllRecommend

  • Oct 22, 2012 - 12:12PM

    @Aniee Qasim:


  • Tanveer
    Oct 22, 2012 - 5:50PM

    nice photo……….


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