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.  - Text by AFP, photos by Agencies

Noman Anjum set the new world record in plug wiring at the Punjab Youth Festival. - Photo by INP
Noman Anjum set the new world record in plug wiring at the Punjab Youth Festival. - Photo by INP
Mahk, age 12 is now the youngest record holder in setting a chessboard in 15 seconds. Guinness Book of World Record team witnessed the event at Expo Center (File photo playing with father). - Photo by INP
Mahk, age 12 is now the youngest record holder in setting a chessboard in 15 seconds. Guinness Book of World Record team witnessed the event at Expo Center (File photo playing with father). - Photo by INP
Around 70,000 participants of the Punjab Youth Festival joined voices to break the world record for the most people singing a national anthem simultaneously.  - Photo by APP
Around 70,000 participants of the Punjab Youth Festival joined voices to break the world record for the most people singing a national anthem simultaneously. - Photo by APP
An aerial view of the stadium where around 70,000 participants of the Punjab Youth Festival joined voices to break the world record for the most people singing a National Anthem simultaneously at National Hockey Stadium. - Photo by INP
An aerial view of the stadium where around 70,000 participants of the Punjab Youth Festival joined voices to break the world record for the most people singing a National Anthem simultaneously at National Hockey Stadium. - Photo by INP
Patriotic emotions ran through the sky when around 70,000 participants of the Punjab Youth Festival joined voices with an aim to break the world record for the most people singing a National Anthem simultaneously at National Hockey Stadium. - Photo by INP
Patriotic emotions ran through the sky when around 70,000 participants of the Punjab Youth Festival joined voices with an aim to break the world record for the most people singing a National Anthem simultaneously at National Hockey Stadium. - Photo by INP
Participants lineup for to break the world the most people singing a National Anthem simultaneously at National Hockey Stadium. - Photo by INP
Participants lineup for to break the world the most people singing a National Anthem simultaneously at National Hockey Stadium. - Photo by INP
An official of Guinness World Record waves for a photograph during the Punjab Youth Festival, where around 70,000 participants joined voices to break the world record for the most people singing a National Anthem simultaneously at National Hockey Stadium. - Photo by INP
An official of Guinness World Record waves for a photograph during the Punjab Youth Festival, where around 70,000 participants joined voices to break the world record for the most people singing a National Anthem simultaneously at National Hockey Stadium. - Photo by INP
Patriotic emotions ran through the sky when around 70,000 participants of the Punjab Youth Festival joined voices to break the world record for the most people singing a National Anthem simultaneously at National Hockey Stadium. - Photo by INP
Patriotic emotions ran through the sky when around 70,000 participants of the Punjab Youth Festival joined voices to break the world record for the most people singing a National Anthem simultaneously at National Hockey Stadium. - Photo by INP
An official giving a certificate of Guinness World Records to Ahmad Bodla who made a world record of 617 kicks in 3 minutes, during the Punjab Youth Festival. - Online Photo
An official giving a certificate of Guinness World Records to Ahmad Bodla who made a world record of 617 kicks in 3 minutes, during the Punjab Youth Festival. - Online Photo
12 year old Mehak Gul stands with the Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Mashood Ahmad Khan after she made a world record of readying a chessboard in 45 seconds. - Online Photo
12 year old Mehak Gul stands with the Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Mashood Ahmad Khan after she made a world record of readying a chessboard in 45 seconds. - Online Photo
An official giving certificate of Guinness World Records to Muhammad Mansha who made a world record of making 3 breads in 3 minutes and 14 seconds, during the Punjab Youth Festival. - Online Photo
An official giving certificate of Guinness World Records to Muhammad Mansha who made a world record of making 3 breads in 3 minutes and 14 seconds, during the Punjab Youth Festival. - Online Photo
Daniyal Gill and Qamar Zaman set the record for football headers at the Punjab Youth Festival. A team from the Guinness Book of World Records were present at the festival to verify the records. - Photo by INP
Daniyal Gill and Qamar Zaman set the record for football headers at the Punjab Youth Festival. A team from the Guinness Book of World Records were present at the festival to verify the records. - Photo by INP

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Abdul Wahab-Pakistan
Oct 22, 2012 01:58pm
Fantastic. Simply great. Zara num ho to yeah mutti bari zarkhaiz hai saaqi. Kaash we get sincere, loyal and committed leadership. We can change things to positive in 5 years. Allah kay haan dair hai pur undhair nahein.
Pakistan
Oct 22, 2012 08:53pm
yes ofcourse scientific things are too difficult for pakistanis to break records in that....
Ram Narayanan
Oct 22, 2012 05:00pm
What a terrific country with so many envious achievements! Truly, Pakistan is great! Does not matter if the economy, safety, security, political freedom, religious freedom, etc. are in shambles. These are the types of records every country must strive for! Wow!
AKA
Oct 22, 2012 10:42pm
we have every thing but we need platform to take off, but are leaders are buzy fighting each other,they are buzy to put money in there pocket.we should not look for PPP and PML for leadership there is some body who can lead us .
Bilal
Oct 22, 2012 06:51pm
Pakistan ZINDABAAAADDDDDDDD!!!!!!
AK
Oct 22, 2012 02:10pm
Well done, keep it it up brothers and sister. Your brother from Karachi!
faisal saeed
Oct 23, 2012 06:49am
Really Bizzarre Records
shehzad malik
Oct 22, 2012 09:44pm
i love my country and want to see it rising....always
Asad
Oct 22, 2012 05:56am
This is something phenomenal. Excellent work mates. Am proud of Lahoriites. wish we can do something similar here in Karachi and other cities of Pakistan. Pakistan Zindabad!
afzal ghouriaf
Oct 22, 2012 11:55am
some positive activities in pakistan, really good to know.
Shafqaat
Oct 22, 2012 02:59pm
This is also the face of Pakistan. Hey World, get ready we are coming; the youth of Pak has awaken. Long Live Pakistan
JaiRam
Oct 23, 2012 05:41am
Congratulation Pakistan. Good to hear and see talented young individuals
03334057077
Oct 22, 2012 09:24am
Such activities must be highly appreciated and promoted in the other parts of Pakistan. Congratulations Pakistan !
dr bajwa
Oct 22, 2012 04:02pm
Chapati making! What a joke! This is really the only thing what Pakistani are good in making! Next could be chapati eating in 45 seconds... What a country! Congratulation to all who are congratulating Pakistan for this big success! dr yahya hassan bajwa / Switzerland