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
October 21, 2012 7:35 am
its a great effort and it is a big target for world.... good luck pakistan...
Zainab Buzdar
October 21, 2012 6:31 am
awesome Pakistanis ...... i love u Pakistan :*
October 21, 2012 6:24 am
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.
October 21, 2012 5:49 am
gr8 to see from india
October 21, 2012 5:03 am
What an attention lover these Sharif brothers are, every act of them is a media stunt and nothing else.
October 21, 2012 3:46 am
luv u pakistan
Anwar suhail
October 21, 2012 2:39 am
So refreshing to watch all this. This may not solve all of our problems but events like this make you feel good.
azaz waheed
October 21, 2012 2:19 am
well Done and i congratulate to all the PAKISTANI on this fabulous achievement.
manzoor NC USA
October 21, 2012 1:33 am
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
October 21, 2012 1:01 am
I wish a combined prayer was also offered for the full and speedy recovery of Malala Yousefzai, our beloved and brave daughter.
Keen observer
October 21, 2012 12:42 am
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
October 20, 2012 11:43 pm
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.
October 20, 2012 10:18 pm
Congrats to all in from India
Cyrus Howell
October 20, 2012 9:34 pm
October 20, 2012 9:35 pm
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
October 20, 2012 9:26 pm
How many poor or hungery people have been helped by this performance .
October 20, 2012 9:19 pm
Great job Pakistan and Pakistani people.
October 20, 2012 8:32 pm
i m 2 much happy ..... kash may bhe hota wahan..
October 20, 2012 8:25 pm
October 20, 2012 8:20 pm
wowwwww PAKISTAN ROCK...:)
October 20, 2012 8:10 pm
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
October 20, 2012 8:07 pm
by giving a msg...united we stand, divided we fall!!
October 20, 2012 7:55 pm
And how does your comment help?
October 20, 2012 7:53 pm
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....
October 20, 2012 7:51 pm
Well done, excellent, now go govern and address the problems faced by the country.
October 20, 2012 7:40 pm
and how does this help the country?
October 20, 2012 7:31 pm
excellent.. well done
Ahmed Khan
October 20, 2012 7:25 pm
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!
October 21, 2012 9:09 am
Let's do something really worthwhile to put Pakistan on the world stage.
October 21, 2012 4:29 pm
Do you understand what the National Anthem actually means and says?
raja hindustani
October 21, 2012 11:47 am
Atleast this time love shown for country, not for religion. Good to see that. Congrats Pakistan
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