Lahore: The Punjab Youth Festival 2013 came to a close in one of the most amazing and fascinating closing ceremony here at the footsteps of the Lahore Foot and Badshahi Mosque, the Hazoori Bagh on late Thursday night.
Guinness adjudicator Carlos Martinez while speaking on the occasion congratulated the people of Pakistan for creating a two dozen Guinness World Records since the Festival was launched last year.
He also officially declared the Punjab Youth Festival the world’s largest event of this kind and also termed a phenomenon.
“The records created in the festival were not less than a miracle. Guinness was in Pakistan for the first time in the history and I hope to be here again for more records.
“The formation of largest flag, singing of the national anthem and the creation of the largest mosaic were an amazing acts of unity and discipline, said Carlos.
He further said that Pakistan during the Punjab Youth Festival made 24 Guinness World Records and during his stay here he was touched by the hospitality of the people of Lahore.
During the ceremony all the winners of the provincial level and those who wrote the country’s names in the Guinness Book of World Records were given prize money.
Deputy Speaker Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan, Director General Sports and Youth Affairs Usman Anwar, Provincial Education Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, Former CCPO Aslam Tarin, Dr Saqib Aziz, secretary sports Dr Saqib Aziz with several other top officials of different departments were present on the occasion.
Several artists including Fariha Pervaiz and Jawad Ahmed performed to entertain the winners of the festival.
One of the most amazing performances was shown by the young gymnasts who created a big wall while standing on each other shoulders and they also surprised everyone by make fascinating waves.
Speaking on the occasion Rana Mashhood Ahmed congratulated the entire nation for such a feast and also counted the achievements and promises fulfilled by the Punjab government.
“It’s a day to rejoice for Punjab. It was not the initiative of a day or a thought. It was planned with proper strategy in the year 2009 by the government of Mian Shahbaz Sharif. Punjab is now an enlightened province and province which has awaken for progress and prosperity,” he said and added: “we fought dengue with courage, announce the youth policy and made every policy base on education and friendly norms.”