Originally published in Express Tribune Blogs on 28 Feb 2013.
Veena Malik, the infamous yet controversial star was recently exported to India. No surprise here, she broke the 108 kisses Guinness World Record set by Salman Khan and was able to win over 137 kisses on her hand in a span of a minute.
However, while some may think it is a proud moment for Pakistan, I beg to differ. We didn’t need Veena’s cheap publicity stunt to set a record. This has brought little more than disgust to all of us.
However, it pleases me to say that this is not the only record Pakistanis hold. Pakistanis have made it to the renowned Guinness Book of World Records for far more significant causes.
Please read below to see some records that deserve attention and respect.
Muhammad Ilyas holds the Guinness World Record for being the Youngest Civil Judge. He became a Civil Judge at the age of 20 years and 9 months in July 1952.
The world’s youngest Microsoft Professional record had been preset by Arfa Karimin in 2005, which was later surpassed by Shafay Thubani, an eight-year-old, in 2012.
Ali Mooen Nawazish from Rawalpindi holds the record of achieving 23 As in Cambridge University A-level examinations. Similarly in 2011, Syed Zohaib Asad secured 28 A’s in Cambridge University O-level examinations, breaking the previous record of 23 A’s set byIbrahim Shahid.
Fortunately, this is a popular domain for Pakistanis and we have secured many records here.
Amongst these is the unbeaten eight titles of World Open Squash Championship by Jansher Khan! Now that is a record worthy of praise!
Moreover, Pakistan also has the record of the fastest electronically recorded delivery in cricket by Shoaib Akhtar.
And who can forget the fastest century in an ODI by Shahid Afridi?
Mountains and Glaciers
Although this might be hard to believe for some but Pakistan is rich in its natural beauty.
Nanga Parbet is recognised as the fastest rising mountain which is growing taller at a rate of 7 mm (0.27 in) per year.
The Fastest Glacier surge was recorded in 1953 at the Kutiah Glacier which advanced more than 12 km in three months.
The Rupal face of Nanga Parbat, with a single rise of some 5,000 m (16,000 ft) from the valley floor to the summit, is another Guinness world record.
A few other reputable Pakistani Guinness World records include:
• The largest flaming image using candles
This consisted of 35,478 candles and was achieved at the Hotel Serena in Faisalabad on December 10, 2009.
• The largest silver ring
This ring weighs 71.680 kg with an inner diameter of 2 ft 9 in. It was created by Amin & Company, and presented in Lahore on August 18, 2010.
• The longest graffiti scroll
It is 1,924 m in length and was achieved by Pakistanis in Sharjah Cricket Stadium on March 3, 2012.
• Largest human national flag
24,200 students in Punjab set this record for Pakistan by making the largest human national flag during the Punjab Youth Festival in October, 2012.
Photo: SHAFIQ MALIK/ THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE
• Largest human mosaic
A total of 1,936 Pakistani students set this record in Lahore in October, 2012. The picture mosaic was of the Shahi Qila (Lahore Fort.)
• National anthem singing
Around 42,813 people raised their voices to the tune of the National Anthem at the National Hockey Stadium in Lahore.
• Fastest time to arrange a chess set
This was achieved by Mehak Gul in 45.48 seconds.
• Fastest time to wire a plug
This was achieved by Mian Nouman Anjum in 37.8 seconds.
• Fastest time to make three chapattis
This was achieved by Muhammad Mansha in 3 mins 18 seconds.
Coming back to Veena Malik , given her boundless ambitions and “sky is the limit ” mentality there is a plethora of opportunities that could guarantee her multiple entries in Guinness Book of World Records, but she chose the most ridiculous one. It dismays me that Pakistanis have to resort to cheap stunts as so just to gain some headlines.
I want our nation and others to know that we are more than just this.
Moreover, I want our youth to continue to uphold the trend of securing honourable records, because as proved above, hum kisi se kam nahin! (we aren’t less than anyone else!)