National Anthem of Pakistan; History and facts

The national anthem of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is known as Qaumi Tarana, also called Pak Sarzamin which means Sacred Land. In 1952 Hafeez Jallandhari wrote the lyrics of the national anthem. Ahmad changed the music of the national anthem in 1949. Officially it was approved by the government of Pakistan as a national anthem on 13 August 1954.

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Impact of Lyrics on the Nation

Its harmonious composition is based on three stanzas that are based on eastern music. But foreign bands can easily play it. The national anthem has a unique poetic composition that evokes the spirit of the nation’s ambitions of progress and brevity. It describes the foundation, ideology, ethos, aspiration, and integrity of Pakistan. The national anthem has lyrical exultation for the faith and freedom and intrinsic strength for the quintessence of Pakistan.

Literary and poetic translations of the national anthem are available for a song. The anthem symbolizes the struggle to get a separate homeland, and it has inspired future goals. In addition, the national anthem song evokes the spirit of patriotism. Lyrics of the national anthem inculcate feelings of pride and invokes the will to serve the beloved country.

Facts about National Anthem of Pakistan

  • The national anthem is written in classical Urdu language; however, it has Persian influence; the word ‘ka ‘is the only word taken from the Urdu language.
  • Almost eleven singers recorded the national anthem song in the year when it was officially adopted.
  • Twenty-one music instruments were used in a song of the national anthem.
  •  Thirty-eight different tones were used in the music of the national anthem song.
  • The national anthem written by Hafeez Jalandhar was selected from the competition of 723 songs.
  • It was awarded Rs10,000 prize money.
  • The song playtime duration is 80 minutes.
  • The song was released for the first time on 13 August 1954.
  • The colored video, for the first time, with the flag and anthem was produced on 19 January 1955. 

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History of National Anthem of Pakistan

The government of The Islamic Republic of Pakistan formed the committee named National Anthem Committee (N.A.C.) in 1948. The committee arranged the competition of national anthem lyrics and its musical composition. Sheikh Muhammad Ikram was the chairperson of the N.A.C. Several poets were members of N.A.C. Information secretaries, politicians, and musicians were also included in N.A.C.

The committee’s main aim was to finalize the anthem whose core purpose was to illustrate the struggle and sacrifices of the people in getting a separate homeland. In 1950 the President of Indonesia visited Pakistan. However, at that time, Pakistani officials still didn’t finalize the lyrics and tune of the national anthem, which could present their homeland’s theme and ideology.

This incident was the motivation to finalize the national anthem. So on the occasion of Shah Iran’s visit to Pakistan, N.A.C. was expected to present the finalized anthem. Among hundreds of competitors, the composition of Ahmad Chagla was completed and officially accepted by the government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on 21 August 1950.  Historically, the national anthem was broadcast for the first time on radio on 13 August 1953.

After many years, the rock band Junoon made a new composition with electric guitar in1996. After that, Jahangir Aziz, a great musician, produced an instrumental rendition in 2009. As a result, a national anthem was sung by 5,857 people collectively at the national Karachi stadium, making a new world record in 2011.

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Melodious Music of National Anthem

The music of the national anthem of Pakistan is melodious and heart-touching. It has a warm tune, composed of three stanzas. Poetry is in the Persian language. The combination of East and West composition makes it unique. The music composer Ahmad Ali Chagla had the experience of eastern and western music.

Meaningful Lyrics of National Anthem

The national anthem lyrics invoke the spirit of patriotism and willingness for the country’s service as a nation. The Islamic Republic of Pakistan gave us the ideology of one name under one banner.

The lyrics of the anthem address the nation of Pakistan to be prosperous for the progress and advancement of the country. Lyrics describe the flag of Pakistan as an emblem of our glorious past, our successful present, and equally bright future.


Urdu lyricsTransliterationTranslation
پاک سَرزَمِین شاد باد

كِشوَرِ حَسِين شاد باد

تُو نِشانِ عَزمِ عالی شان

!اَرضِ پاکِستان

مَرکَزِ یَقِین شاد باد

pāk sarzamīn šād bād

kišwar-ē ḥasīn šād bād

tū nišān-ē ʿazm-ē ʿālī šān

arⱬ-ē Pākistān!

markaz-ē yaqīn šād bād

Blessed be the sacred land

Happy be the bounteous realm

Thou symbol of high resolve

O Land of Pakistan!

Blessed be the citadel of faith

پاک سَرزَمِین کا نِظام

قُوَّتِ اُخُوَّتِ عَوام

قَوم، مُلک، سَلطَنَت

!پایِندَه تابِندَه باد

شاد باد مَنزِلِ مُراد

pāk sarzamīn kā niẓām

quwwat-ē uxuwwat-ē ʿawām

qaum, mulk, salṭanat

pāyindah tābindah bād!

šād bād manzil-ē murād

The order of this sacred land

Is the might of the brotherhood of the people

May the nation, the country, and the state

Shine in glory everlasting!

Blessed be the goal of our ambition

پَرچَمِ سِتَارَه و ہِلال

رَہبَرِ تَرَقّی و کَمال

تَرجُمانِ ماضی، شانِ حال

!جانِ اِستِقبال

سایۂ خُدائے ذوالجَلال

parčam-ē sitāra(h) ō-hilāl

rehbar-ē taraqqī ō-kamāl

tarjumān-ē māⱬī, šān-ē ḥāl

jān-ē istiqbāl!

sāya(h)-ē Xudā-ē ẕu-l-jalāl

The flag of the crescent and star

Leads the way to progress and perfection

Interpreter of our past, glory of our present

Inspiration for our future!

Shadow of God, the Glorious and Mighty


Unilever Pakistan arranged a team to sing the anthem through masks. Shehzad Roy performed with an accompanying choir. Shehzad Roy led the vocals of the anthem with a singers group; all were wearing masks. The sound of the anthem becomes slightly muffled through masks; however, the sound is emotionally charged and brings us alive.

Zeeshan Parwez directed this performance, and Ali Rez composed it. The primary purpose of the anthem was to convey the sense of the personal responsibilities of the nation of Pakistan to fight against COVID-19.

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Chairman and C.E.O. of Unilever Pakistan described that his company Unilever is committed to protecting the lives and livelihoods of the Pakistani nation during this pandemic. By this national anthem performance, the primary purpose was to evoke the attention for the safe behaviors of the nation.

It reminds us of the collective responsibility of the people of Pakistan to protect themselves from Covid threats. W.H.O. recommended wearing masks, caring for hand hygiene, and maintaining physical distance which reduces the chances of spreading the virus.

Shehzad Roy’s performance is mainly aimed at the nation of Pakistan to take care of precautions against the Covid -19.

The government of Pakistan has assigned the Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) a task to use the world-class orchestra to rearrange the musical rendition of the national anthem to express cultural diversity, to symbolize the art, culture, and heritage of Pakistan.




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