42,813 people in the national hockey stadium sang the national anthem together, smashing the previous best of 15,243 held by India.-Photo by AFP

LAHORE: Pakistan may not have brought home any medals from this summer's Olympics, but it can now lay claim to world records in chapati-making, plug-wiring and chessboard-arranging.

A weekend of bizarre record attempts in the eastern city of Lahore began on Saturday night when 42,813 people in the national hockey stadium sang the national anthem together, smashing the previous best of 15,243 held by India.

On Sunday, Mohammad Mansha went flat out to set a new record for making chapati breads – mixing, kneading, spinning and cooking three in three minutes and 14 seconds – while 12-year-old Mehek Gul took just 45 seconds to arrange the pieces on a chessboard using only one hand.

Neither of these feats had been attempted before. But Ahmed Amin Bodla beat a more established record when he landed 616 martial arts kicks on a punchbag in just three minutes, beating the previous best of 612 also set by a Pakistani.

The events were held as part of a week-long youth festival in the eastern city of Lahore with the watchful eye of Guinness World Records adjudicator Gareth Deaves ensuring fair play, manager Sher Ali told AFP.

While some people might prefer care over haste when it comes to electrics, Mohammad Nauman lit up the crowd in Lahore as he wired a household plug in a dazzling 35 seconds.

Elsewhere, Daniel Gill and Mohammad Rizwan set a new record for heading a football between them, managing 335 consecutive headers in three minutes 45 seconds.

But there was heartache for one contender, whose bid to claim the record for most t-shirts donned in three minutes was disallowed when officials ruled he had failed to smooth down all of the 59 shirts properly.

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Comments (34)

October 22, 2012 8:40 pm
realistic people with views like yourself are spreading the negativity that has somehow become inherent in our national system and media. For Allah's sake - think positive
Shahida Khan
October 21, 2012 6:46 pm
42, 813 people singing the National Anthem? would've been better if all of them had gone on the streets and tried cleaning up their city.
October 23, 2012 7:06 am
October 21, 2012 8:12 pm
With all due respect Mubashir, world records such as singing the National anthem have no effect on people and their everyday lives.
October 22, 2012 8:31 pm
it would be - if he did this as Pakistan Youth Festival rather playing provincial politics and call it Punjab Youth Festival. I watch the transmission where at least a million references were made to him and punjab, punjab, punjab, Of course as pakistani we all love punjab as any other province, but Punjabis are Pakistanis first. Sadly, this is an election "booster teeka" given to awaam. Where were they hiding for the last 5 years ?? Anyhow... all efforts to bring peace and some fun for the awaam is highly appreciated.
October 22, 2012 9:17 pm
It is good to see people in Pakistan moving away from pastime terrorism to more normal activities. Hope this continues.
Shahida Khan
October 21, 2012 6:48 pm
42, 813 people singing the National Anthem? Would've been much better if all of them had gone on the streets to clean up their city.
October 22, 2012 6:39 pm
Shahbaz Shareef Zindabad
dr aq khan
October 21, 2012 9:34 pm
positive image is based on tolerance, education, civic sense, health care facilities, tourism etc. NOT on 42 thousand people singing national anthem. Please be realistic.
October 21, 2012 9:36 pm
Mubashir Hussain
October 21, 2012 7:35 pm
For God Sake, think positive... at least sometime...
Salman Jamil
October 21, 2012 7:45 pm
Wow! What a great achievement?????
Pir melengey
October 22, 2012 1:15 am
Janay dai Tamar if you want clean then do it, it's much easier to sit on a cozy sofa and fire off these comment :>)
Hasnain Haque
October 21, 2012 8:55 pm
It maybe positive image but I much prefer not hear about any killings, bombings or corruption news for about a week from Pakistan. Now that would be a positive start.
Muhammad Asif
October 22, 2012 11:36 am
@Yousuf: You are encouraged to bring smiles. please come forward, we are with you.
Muhammad Asif
October 22, 2012 11:35 am
So, the activities projected something negative? please be optimistic. we need a room to breathe, only after that we would be able to create education and other humanly services possible for the society. Lets not discourage holders of these positive sides.
Muhammad Asif
October 22, 2012 11:32 am
Ok, you make one and lighten the name of the land, please!!!
Muhammad Asif
October 22, 2012 11:29 am
Have you dared to clean your street with your neighbouhood? or to sing the national anthem with your neghbouhood? I believe you've not done either. So, let other people do at least one of the things.
Abdullah Hussain
October 22, 2012 2:40 am
Well done Pakistan, congratulations Pakistanis you have shown to the world that all is not wrong here. 99.9% of the Pakistanis are peace loving & contributing to the peace & welfare of the world.
Hasnain Haque
October 21, 2012 8:52 pm
You are so right, I share your sentiment and cleaning the streets would have been so beneficial to their everyday lives.
FJ Siddiqui
October 22, 2012 7:37 am
Good work! These are youngsters who are about to change the way business is run in Pakistan and starting from such records they will make history in all fields soon... keep it up... and go all the way to even important things...
October 22, 2012 3:39 am
Finally, media is giving something hopeful about Pakistan. Thank you Dawn.
M. Asghar
October 22, 2012 9:12 am
These 42,813 should besiege the prime minister's and president's offices and block the parliament against the energy crisis in Islamabad.
October 22, 2012 9:26 am
Such activities must be highly appreciated and promoted in the other parts of Pakistan. Congratulations Pakistan !
atif hamayun
October 22, 2012 3:24 pm
shahida ... how many time u clean ur street and encourage others to do so.... please appritiate those who did it for our country... Pakistan zindabad...
October 21, 2012 4:46 pm
How about creating world records in Human rights, education, minority rights? Maybe next time.
October 22, 2012 4:32 am
Such events should be encouraged in all parts of the country.
Rida Iftikhar
October 21, 2012 4:28 pm
These record breaking activities are light-hearted & encouraging and a step towards bringing the constructive side of masses & a diversion from the destructive plots they become a part of.
October 21, 2012 6:45 pm
Your comments are pretentious. These people are entitled to levity and laughter as much as anybody else. And they well know they have work to do on other fronts.
Raw is War
October 22, 2012 3:58 pm
October 22, 2012 3:58 pm
Anything to focus kids competeing with rest of the world is better than competing internally and fighting over religous and ethinic differences.
October 21, 2012 3:29 pm
This is the positive image of Pakistan. The whole world should see and encourage it. Local and international media should promote it like they do in the case of terrorist attacks and negative news.
October 23, 2012 6:04 am
you know we have come down to a level where a little solidarity in such a small gesture should be appreciated.The other times we are together are protests or mobs.So lets please allow such efforts to unite us towards something bigger and more substantial.
October 22, 2012 9:56 am
why to show world this.. Your country based on ideology first change it then show the world whatever you want
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