National Anthem of Pakistan

The National Anthem of Pakistan approved by the Government in August 1954, is a harmonious rendering of a three-stanza composition with a tune based on eastern music but arranged in such a manner that it can be easily played by foreign bands. The Anthem is evocative in spirit, extolling Pakistan as the centre of faith and freedom, a land of beauty and strength drawn from the people and the country. The words touch upon the various facets of national life, with an invocation for the integrity of Pakistan.

The Verses of the Anthem have been composed by a renowned poet of Pakistan, Abul Asar Hafeez Jullundhri, while the tune has been composed by Ahmed G. Chagla, the well known musician and composer. The Anthem written in Urdu is a unique poetical composition, as in spite of its brevity it is a lyrical exultation for the quintessence of Pakistan its Islamic foundation, ideology, ethos, aspirations and its intrinsic strength.The national anthem of Pakistan is one of the most prestigious ones in the world and is very short. Its duration is only one minute and eight seconds.

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National Anthem (In Persian)

Pak sarzamin shad bad
Kishwar-e-hasin shad bad
Tu nishane-`azm-e-`alishan
Markaz-e-yaq´n shad bad
Pak sarzamin ka nizam
Qaum, mulk, sultanat
Pa-inda tabinda bad
Shad bad manzil-e-murad
Tarjuman-e-mazi, shan-e-hal
Sayah-e-Khuda-e-Zul Jalal

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English Translation

Blessed be the sacred Land
Happy be the bounteous realm
Symbol of high resolve
Land of Pakistan
Blessed be thou citadel of faith

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

This Flag of the Crescent and Star
Leads the way to progress and perfection

Interpreter of our past, glory of our present
Inspiration of our future
Symbol of Almighty's protection

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