The National Anthem Re-Recording Steering Committee has unanimously resolved to ensure that the official re-recording of the National Anthem, which was first recorded in 1954, meets the highest international standards of orchestration and vocal rendition.
To make the new official recording really representational and participatory of the entire federation, including religious faiths, the Committee agreed to collect a big choir of roughly 120 to 150 skilled vocalists from all four provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir. This was decided at the 4th meeting of the Steering Committee on the re-recording of the National Anthem.
According to a press release, the event was attended by Ms Shahera Shahid, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Ms Imrana Wazir, Director, Electronic Media and Publications in the Information Ministry, and prominent persons associated with creative arts and education from the four provinces.
The meeting in question was presided over by the Committee’s Chairman, former Senator and federal minister Javed Jabbar, and attended by renowned musicologists Arshad Mahmud, Rohail Hayat, and Nafees Ahmed. ISPR Brigadier Imran Naqvi, and film sector leader Satish Anand were among others.
Initially it was Hafeez Jalandhri who wrote Pakistan’s national anthem. The writer of the national anthem used a unique combination of words and rhymes in Urdu poetry. The government honored Jalandhri with the Hilal-e-Imtiaz and Pride of Performance awards.