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Pakistanis gather at the National Hockey Stadium for the new world record to sing the national anthem in Lahore on October 20, 2012. – Photo by AFP

LAHORE: Thousands of Pakistanis sang their national anthem together at a ceremony named Punjab Youth Festival 2012 at National Hockey Stadium in Lahore on Saturday to set a world record.

According to the Sports Board Punjab at least 24,000 students and athletes, and 60,000 citizens were invited to sing the national anthem for creating a new record in the Guinness World Records.

At least 70,000 Pakistanis sang the national anthem together in Lahore on October 20, to set a new world record breaking India’s record.

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

A two- member team of the Guinness World Records was present to monitor the event.

Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif also attended the event and sang the national anthem along with the huge crowd.In his speech on the occasion, he said this was not a Punjab festival, but instead a Pakistan festival – AFP/PPI

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Haroon Mehmood
Oct 21, 2012 07:35am
its a great effort and it is a big target for world.... good luck pakistan...
Zainab Buzdar
Oct 21, 2012 06:31am
awesome Pakistanis ...... i love u Pakistan :*
Oct 21, 2012 06:24am
It is a sign of unity. I really appreciate it. Kindly don't mix it with other problems of the country. Although all problems should be addressed and difficulties should be removed, but these social and economic problems have no relation with this ceremony.
Oct 21, 2012 05:49am
gr8 to see from india
Oct 21, 2012 05:03am
What an attention lover these Sharif brothers are, every act of them is a media stunt and nothing else.
Oct 21, 2012 03:46am
luv u pakistan
Anwar suhail
Oct 21, 2012 02:39am
So refreshing to watch all this. This may not solve all of our problems but events like this make you feel good.
azaz waheed
Oct 21, 2012 02:19am
well Done and i congratulate to all the PAKISTANI on this fabulous achievement.
manzoor NC USA
Oct 21, 2012 01:33am
How does it help the country ,,when you call Mother AAMi and DAD Abu? got my point,,,in other words how does it help the country when you drink water and eat food good bye!!! dont mix things up,,,
Sultan Alvi
Oct 21, 2012 01:01am
I wish a combined prayer was also offered for the full and speedy recovery of Malala Yousefzai, our beloved and brave daughter.
Keen observer
Oct 21, 2012 12:42am
Common don't be a pessimist. It is a good effort. No body said this is the solution to the problems It is at least a revision of anthem that most of us were beginning to forget.
Muhammad Farooq
Oct 20, 2012 11:43pm
Good job, i wish they had named this ceremony as Pakistan Youth Festival 2012 in the interest of national cohesion. I wish youth of other provinces follow suit.
Oct 20, 2012 10:18pm
Congrats to all in Pakistan...love from India
Cyrus Howell
Oct 20, 2012 09:34pm
Oct 20, 2012 09:35pm
Im a Pakistani sitting thousands miles away in NZ, but when i saw this, i felt i got my lost breaths. Cheers Pakistan :)
Asif Khan
Oct 20, 2012 09:26pm
How many poor or hungery people have been helped by this performance .
Oct 20, 2012 09:19pm
Great job Pakistan and Pakistani people.
Oct 20, 2012 08:32pm
i m 2 much happy ..... kash may bhe hota wahan..
Oct 20, 2012 08:25pm
Oct 20, 2012 08:20pm
wowwwww PAKISTAN ROCK...:)
Oct 20, 2012 08:10pm
this is pretty good actually,at least some positive way of expressing. though the circumstances in our country are not that great but there has to be a time were we start gathering ourselves to stand up again and this is a slight flow of fresh air. may i say that i am not a Shabaz Sharif fan by any stretch of imagination but give the devil his due,this was positive
Oct 20, 2012 08:07pm
by giving a msg...united we stand, divided we fall!!
Oct 20, 2012 07:55pm
And how does your comment help?
Oct 20, 2012 07:53pm
Please subtract Shahbaz Shareef to make this story a good story..He better teach his family some manners and tell them that poor have rights as well....
Oct 20, 2012 07:51pm
Well done, excellent, now go govern and address the problems faced by the country.
Oct 20, 2012 07:40pm
and how does this help the country?
Oct 20, 2012 07:31pm
excellent.. well done
Ahmed Khan
Oct 20, 2012 07:25pm
So what has been gained? Pakistanis and their leaders should pay attention to a multitude of more important things to do than to count the numbers which sang the national anthem. Everything sounds so hollow and meaningless!
Oct 21, 2012 09:09am
Let's do something really worthwhile to put Pakistan on the world stage.
Oct 21, 2012 04:29pm
Do you understand what the National Anthem actually means and says?
raja hindustani
Oct 21, 2012 11:47am
Atleast this time love shown for country, not for religion. Good to see that. Congrats Pakistan