Pakistan National Anthem – Qaumi Tarana History, Writer, Translation with Lyrics


Pakistan National Anthem that is also called as the Qaumi Tarana is the National Anthem of Pakistan. For the information of readers, the current Qaumi Tarana is widely regarded as the controversial for being the first National Anthem of Pakistan. It is being said that the first National Anthem that was aired on the date of independence from the Radio Pakistan was Tarana-e-Pakistan that was composed by the Jagannath Azad. However, it is also important to mention here that it was never officially recognized as National Anthem of Pakistan that’s why can’t be said as the National Anthem of Pakistan.

Ahmad G. Chagla - The composer of the music of the National Anthem of Pakistan
Ahmad G. Chagla – The composer of the music of the National Anthem of Pakistan

Qaumi Tarana History

The current prevailing National Anthem of Pakistan that is called as the Qaumi Tarana is the officially recognized National Anthem of Pakistan whose music was composed by the Ahmad G. Chagla in 1949 and lyrics were written by the Hafeez Jullundhri in 1952. Qaumi Tarana was officially recognized as the National Anthem of Pakistan in August 1954 and was first time broadcasted from the Radio Pakistan on August 13, 1954. After the composition of the music of Qaumi Tarana, 11 singers tried to write lyrics according to composition. These eleven were Ahmad Rushdi, Shameem Bano, Anwar Zaheer, Akhtar Wasi Ali, Ghulam Dastagir, Zawar Hussain, Naseema Shaheen, Shameem Bano, Kaukab Jahan, Rasheeda Begum and Najam Ara.

The special distinguish quality of Qaumi Tarana is its three stanza composition and the eastern music that is easy to play by the foreign music brands as well. The music of Pakistani National Anthem represent the style of both eastern and western music. The playing duration of Qaumi Tarana is 80 seconds.


Qaumi Tarana Writer

Hafeez Jullundhri was the writer of the Qaumi Tarana. He was an Urdu-language poet who wrote the lyrics of the National Anthem of Pakistan on the music composition of the Ahmad G. Chagla.

Hafeez Jullundhri - The writer of the lyrics of the National Anthem of Pakistan
Hafeez Jullundhri – The writer of the lyrics of the National Anthem of Pakistan

Qaumi Tarana Lyrics in Urdu

كشورِ حسين شاد باد

پاک سرزمین شاد باد

ارضِ پاکستان!‏

تُو نشانِ عزمِ عالی شان

مرکزِ یقین شاد باد

قوّتِ اُخوّتِ عوام

پاک سرزمین کا نظام
پائنده تابنده باد!‏

قوم، ملک، سلطنت

شاد باد منزلِ مراد

رہبرِ ترقّی و کمال

پرچمِِ ستاره و ہلال
جانِ استقبال!‏

ترجمانِ ماضی، شانِ حال

سایۂ خدائے ذوالجلال

Qaumi Tarana English Translation

Blessed be the sacred land,

Happy be the bounteous realm.
Thou symbol of high resolve,
O Land of Pakistan!
Blessed be the citadel of faith

The order of this sacred land,

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.

The flag of the crescent and star,

Leads the way to progress and perfection,
Interpreter of our past, glory of our present,
inspiration for our future!
Shade of God, the Glorious and Mighty.

Pakistan National Anthem Video


Abdul Hadi

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