5,857 people gathered in Greenwich Hockey ground, Defence and beat the previous record of singing national anthem by most no. of peope. It was set by 5,248 people in Philippines. People flocked in around midnight of 14th August despite thunder, lightning and rain. The event management was not easy and people had to make last minute phone calls to save the day. The world record was reported to be beaten a little after midnight. It will be vetted by Guinness World Record soon. The event was a family one, with significant participation of elders and young children.
A few would question the rationale of hosting such event, in the backdrop of worsening city situation and shattering confidence in nationalism. A few would accuse organizers to be insensitive to the incidents happening in other Karachi areas. The dead bodies found across the city are not mere bodies of forgotten mortals; but they were of sons, brothers and husbands. The pain is excruciating but the only way out is through collective activism, in whatever way, in whatever amount.
Karachi will shine again. Inshallah. God willing.