Fascinating Facts About Pakistan’s National Anthem That You Probably Didn’t Know

Story Highlights
  • Persian
  • Competitive writing
  • Hafeez Jalandhari
  • Concise
  • Musical Composition
  • Ghulam Ali Chagla
  • Motivation for the Anthem

Our patriotism keeps the national anthem safely tucked away in our hearts. It’s a way of life, not simply a tune. But have you ever considered where it originated or what led to its development? Let’s investigate the qaumi taranah and unearth some of its lesser-known secrets.


Did it occur to you that the qaumi taranah, on its whole, is made of Persian text? The single connected sound in Urdu is the “ka.” This is being done to honor our history and draw attention to the part that the Urdu language has played in the development of our culture.

Competitive writing

A competition was organized when it came time to decide who would serve as the qaumi taranah. The purpose of the competition was to determine which of Pakistan’s potential national anthems was most worthy of being chosen. The prize was worth a total of ten thousand Pakistani rupees. Hafeez Jalandhari was chosen to be the winner. 

Hafeez Jalandhari

The national anthem of Pakistan was authored by Hafeez Jalandhari, considered one of the most renowned poets in Pakistan. In addition to receiving the Pride of Performance award, he was also responsible for writing the Hymn for Kashmir. 


The duration of time needed to sing other countries’ national anthems has often varied from one minute and fifty seconds to more than two minutes on average. On the other hand, our national anthem is among the shortest in the world. A total of 80 seconds is needed to complete it.

Musical Composition

That’s also one of the wildest, least-known details. The traditional qaumi taranah ensemble in Pakistan consists of 21 individual musicians and a wide range of musical instruments. That should also prepare us for the fact that the anthem’s musical arrangement includes more than 38 distinct tones.

Ghulam Ali Chagla

We now hear the anthem quite differently from how it was first received. While Ghulam Ali Chagla began working on the composition in 1949, it wasn’t released to the public until much later, in 1954.

Motivation for the Anthem

Independence from India was achieved in 1947. But in 1954, the national anthem we know today was officially adopted. Many world leaders began visiting Pakistan soon after its founding. Unfortunately, locals in Pakistan wouldn’t be able to play them a piece of traditional Pakistani music when they arrived. Therefore, following such a visit, the proper authorities moved swiftly toward making the National Anthem.

If you think of the National Anthem as a commitment to God or a prayer, you’ll have a clearer picture of what it’s trying to convey. Those who appreciate what it means to live in a free country will feel something for the Persian words set to a stirring melody.

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