Adopted as the national anthem in 1954 and composed into music in 1949 by Ahmad G. Chaghla, the National Anthem of Pakistan (Qaumi Taranah) is in Urdu but has many words of Persian origin. It was written by Hafiz Jalandhri in 1952. It is stated that the conjunction ‘ka’ is the only originally Urdu word in the National Anthem of Pakistan.
Paak sarzameen shaad baad
Kishvari haseen shaad baad
Too nishaani azmi aalee shaan
Markazi yaqeen shaad baad
Paak sarzameen kaa nizaam
Quvvati Ukhuvvati avaam
Qaum, mulk, saltanat
Paayindah taabindah baad!
Shaad baad manzili muraad
Parchami sitaarah o hilaal
Rahbari taraqqee o kamaal
Tarjumaani maazee, shaani haal
Saayahyi Khudaayi Zool’jalaal
Blessed be the sacred land,
Happy be the bounteous realm.
You, the 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 the Mighty.