Pakistan Flag

The national Pakistan flag was designed by Syed Amir uddin Kedwaii. The design of the Pakistan flag was based on the Muslim League original flag, and it was adopted within days before independence was acquired, on the 11th of August, 1947, by the Constituent Assembly. The national anthem of Pakistan makes references to the Pakistan flag in Urdu.

The Pakistan flag can be described as a green field with a vertical white stripe in the hoist. In the middle of the flag there is a white crescent moon and a white five-pointed star. The green field represents the Muslim majority of Pakista while the white stripe stands for the religious minorities in Pakistan. The crescent moon suggests progress whereas the star symbolizes light and knowledge. On the whole the Pakistan flag represents the commitment of Pakistan to the Islam, the Islamic world and also to the rights of the minorities.

The Pakistan flag is flown on a number of important days over the year, among which the Day of the Republic and the Independence Day must be mentioned. The Pakistan flag was designed also with the contribution of Muhammad li Jinnah, founder of the nation and its appearance resembles the flag used by the All-India Muslim League. It was used as an emblem and recognition of its aim to achieve an independent and Muslim state. The league’s flag had a central white star and crescent on a green field.

In 1947 when independence was achieved, the white stripe in the hoist was added precisely to represent the minorities in Pakistan. Besides the design of the Pakistan flag adopted by the Constituent Assembly, a definition of the characteristics and size of it was also established. "A dark green rectangular flag in the proportion of length and width 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 star. The size of the white portion being one-fourth the size of the flag, nearest the mast, the remainder three-fourths being dark green.”

The different sizes of the Pakistan flag are according to the different circumstances in which it will be used and are establishe by the Interior Ministry of Pakistan accordingly. The use of the national Pakistan flag is regulated by the flag rules that were adopted in 2002 by the Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali. The rules for displaying the Pakistan flag are quite complex and specific.