PESHAWAR – With the start of month of August stalls could be seen set up in every nook and corner of the city showing the love and patriotism for Pakistan to mark the independence day in a befitting manner.
The sale and purchase of national flag, in all sizes and shapes, is gaining momentum with every passing day but at the same time the trend of variations in making and printing of flags is not less than a surprise where different techniques have surprised the citizens.
The flags with pictures of national leaders, missiles and even printing of different cartoon characters are available in the markets and people are buying them without knowing what message 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 last few years and no one has taken any notice giving a free hand to those printing anything on flags at one's own will. People, especially the youngsters, love to hoist flags on their vehicles.
Lack of knowledge and awareness about the national flag is at its best as most of the people do not know the history of the national flag and its importance and that is why the printers give them different green colour shades with their own choice.
The national flag of Pakistan was adopted in its present form during a meeting of the Constituent Assembly on August 11, 1947, three-day before the country's independence, when it became the official flag of the Dominion of Pakistan. It was afterwards retained by the current-day Islamic Republic 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 colour is mandated only as 'dark green,' it's official and most consistent representation is Pakistan green, which is shaded distinctively darker.
The green colour represents Islam and the majority Muslims in Pakistan and the white stripe represents the minorities. In the centre, the crescent and star symbolizes progress and light respectively.