Breaking World Records in Pakistan

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Pakistan has set 23 world records in the past year alone — in everything from creating the world's largest sequin mosaic, to gathering the most people singing their country's anthem, to kicking coconuts off of heads. That record went to a boy who kicked 50 coconuts off of other people's heads in one minute.

Pakistan's newfound enthusiasm for record-breaking comes as part of an effort to boost national pride in a country associated with militancy and religious strife. This year, organizers of Lahore's annual Punjab Youth Festival went so far as to fly a Guinness Book of World Records judge into the country to monitor and certify the feats of the festival participants.

Akbar Ahmed, chair of the Islamic Studies Department at American University and Pakistan's former Ambassador to the United Kingdom, explains what the chance to pursue world-records means for a generation of young Pakistanis.


Our Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, is filling in as host all this week. Follow Todd on Twitter for the latest from Capitol Hill.

Guests:

Akbar Ahmed

Hosted by:

Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Mythili Rao

Comments [1]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

North Korea needs to start breaking Guinness Book of World records as a National hobby. Who doesn't want to kick coconuts off of people's heads.This should really be the new way to fight wars!

Mar. 28 2013 04:09 PM

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