Lahore, October 20, 2012 (PPI-OT): The youth of Punjab on Saturday in its first attempt break the mass participation record of singing the national anthem here at the National Hockey Stadium. Adjudicators of Guinness World Records Gareth Daeves and Imran Javed when gave their thumb up to the Punjab youth’s attempt, the whole stadium roared with applause.
Scores of stewards of the GWR closely watched and observed around 70,000 participants of the record singing the national anthem of Pakistan while Sahir Lodhi and Naeem Hanif boosted whole of the audience to sing. Now after Punjab has written the country’s names in the Guinness World Record Book, it will move towards individual events of GWR today at Expo Centre and on Monday (October 22) for the largest mosaic and biggest human flag.
The participants of Punjab Youth Festival 2012 gave an awesome performance during the opening ceremony to also mark the start of the Provincial Level. Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif was the chief guest of the entire ceremony and also declared the event open. Deputy Speaker Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan, Adjudicator of the Guinness World Records Gareth Deaves, Imran Javed, Haroon Ahmed Khan was on Saturday impressed to see the enthusiasm of the youth of Punjab in their attempt to break national anthem sung by maximum Addressing the gathering, Mian Shabaz said that he has never seen such a scene in his entire life.
“The people on my province despite several odds and load-shedding have shown great strength and are enjoying the evening. “I hope the youngsters of my province will make the Ali Baba and Chalis Chor run away from the country and Pakistan a country of repute,” he maintained. After that the CM a song ‘akalay na jana hamay chor ka…’ to get huge all pause from the audience. During the ceremony the stadium echoed with the voice of around 60,000 people and all were simultaneously singing the national anthem of Pakistan and that mass participation was put for Guinness World Record.
Everybody who is anybody in the society was somehow present on the occasion or was part of this festival that started on August 26 from Neighbourhood and Village level and after passing through Union Council, Tehsil, District and Divisional Levels and creating mass participation record has now entered into its most challenging concluding phase. Even a 60-member delegation of journalists of India The vision that Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif carried in Punjab’s youth policy was fulfilled by Usman Anwar, director General Sports and Youth Affairs under the able guidance and supervision of Sports Board Punjab Chairman Mian Hamza Shahbaz and Deputy Speaker Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan, who is also the chairman organizing committee of the festival.
The stadium was filled up by the marching athletes of nine divisions bearing their division’s name on their kit and the athletes supported by 7000 volunteers to maintain discipline. Beginning the ceremony, a documentary of the festival was shown, that followed with the winners of the previous levels of the festival recited the of Holy Quran and Naat. Torch rally was held afterwards and Rabia Nawaz, Mohammad Asif, Sahib Asra, Adil Haseeb, Frawa Babar, Waqas Akbar, Zeeshan Abid, Mohammad Babar and Mohammad Akram took the torch to the cauldron and Rehan Butt lit it.
That followed the folk dance, gymnastic show and march past. After all the activity the biggest event of the day came in which all the people present in the stadium sang the national anthem. Everyone in the stadium had only one voice coming from their mouth and that was of national anthem.
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