Pakistan sets records in chapati making, chess and kicks

Published October 22, 2012
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

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

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