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What Do The Colors And Symbols Of The Flag Of Pakistan Mean?

The national flag of Pakistan was adopted in 1947.

Pakistan is a South Asian nation bordered by India, China, Iran, and Afghanistan. It has coastlines on the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea.

History of the National Flag of Pakistan

The design of the national flag of Pakistan is based on the flag of the All-India Muslim League, a body that fought for the creation of an Islamic state. The flag of this body was, in turn, designed on the basis of the flag of the Sultanate of Delhi, Mughal Empire, and the Ottoman Empire. Amiruddin Kidwai designed the flag. It was officially adopted as the national flag of Pakistan on August 11, 1947. The flag is flown in the country on several important days like the Independence Day and the Republic Day. A notable ceremony involving the raising of the Pakistani flag is held daily at the Wagah border which is an India-Pakistan border. The flag of India is also raised across the border. This ceremony is attended by thousands of spectators including both domestic and international tourists.

Design of Pakistan’s Flag

The flag of Pakistan has a green field with a vertical stripe on the hoist side of the flag. The greenfield features a white star and a crescent.

Meaning of the Colors and Symbols of the Flag of Pakistan

Since Pakistan is a country with Islam as the dominant religion of the vast majority of the country, the green color in the flag represents Islam. The white stripe represents the minority religions and their followers in Pakistan. The crescent is a symbol of progress and the star symbolizes light. Both these features are important in Islam. The flag as a whole is said to represent the country’s commitment to Islam while protecting the rights of the religious minorities residing in the country.

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