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Variations in the national flag on rise

ISLAMABAD: With the start of month of August, stalls can be seen set up in every nook and corner of the twin cities, showing the love and patriotism for the country to mark the Independence Day in a befitting manner. The sale and purchase of the national flag, in all sizes and shapes is gaining momentum with every passing day but at the same time the trend of the variations in making and printing of the flags is not less than a surprise where different techniques have surprised the nationalists. Flags with pictures of the national leaders, missiles, and even printing of different cartoon characters are available in the markets and the people are buying them without knowing what message is being conveyed through these variations.Around the world, no one can see such mockery of the national flag, whereas the practice is being followed for the last few years and no one has taken any notice, giving a free hand to those printing anything on the flags at one’s own will. People, especially the youngsters love to hoist flags on their vehicles. The lack of knowledge and awareness about the national flag is at its peak, as most of us do not know the history of our flag and its importance, and that is the reason that the printers are printing the flags with different green color shades, with their own choice.Having a look at our history, it was revealed that the national flag of Pakistan was adopted in its present form during a meeting of the Constituent Assembly on August 11, 1947, three days before the country’s independence, when it became the official flag of Pakistan. The flag is a green field with a white crescent moon and five-rayed star at its centre, and a vertical white stripe at the hoist side. Though the green color is mandated only as ‘dark green’, its official and most consistent representation is Pakistan green, which is shaded distinctively darker. The green color represents Islam and the majority Muslims in Pakistan and the white stripe represents the minorities. In the centre, the crescent and the star symbolises progress and light respectively.It is based on the original flag of the Muslim League, which itself drew inspiration from the flag of the Sultanate of Delhi and the flag of the Mughal Empire. According to the specifications, it is a dark green rectangular flag in the proportion of length and width as 3:2, with a white vertical bar at the mast, the green portion bearing a white crescent in the centre and a five-pointed white heraldic stars. The width of the white portion is one quarter the width of the flag, nearest the mast, so the green portion occupies the remaining three quarters. 

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