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Pakistan Flag

Flag of Pakistan
Flag Name(s)Parc̱am-e Sitārah o-Hilāl ("Flag of the Crescent and Star") [Flag Of Pakistan]
Aspect Ratio(2:3)
Color Schemegreen white
Color and Design

A white star and crescent on a dark green field, with a vertical white stripe at the hoist.

Meaning & SymbolismThe green color of the flag represents the Muslim-majority of Pakistan while the white stripe on the hoist-end represents its various religious minorities, such as Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Zoroastrians and others. The combined star and crescent serve as a symbol of Islam, with the crescent representing progress and the five-pointed star representing light and knowledge. The flag symbolizes Pakistan's commitment to both Islam as well as the rights of religious minorities.
Description and Brief History

The flag of Pakistan traces its current form back to a meeting of the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on 11 August 1947, three days before the Partition of British India, when it was adopted by the All-India Muslim League as the official flag-to-be of the Dominion of Pakistan. It was retained upon the establishment of a constitution in 1956, and remains in use as the national flag for the present-day Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

The flag is made up of a green field with a stylized tilted white crescent moon and five-pointed star at its centre, and a vertical white stripe at its hoist-end. Though the specific shade of green on the flag is mandated only as 'dark green', its official and most consistent representation is in Pakistan green, which is shaded distinctively darker.

Pakistan has used a single flag for the entirety of its existence. The nation was once part of British India, but the colonial flag of India had no influence on the flag of Pakistan. The flag was designed by Amiruddin Kidwai, who chose to base his design on the flag of the All-India Muslim League, a political party that worked towards the establishment of an independent nation for Indian Muslims. The League's flag included the same green field as the modern flag of Pakistan, but it lacked the white stripe and often reversed the direction of the star and crescent emblem. Kidwai submitted his design to the leaders of Pakistan shortly before the nation formally gained its independence, and it was approved only four days before the nation was born. It has never changed, which makes Pakistan one of the few nations that has used the same flag for every day that it has existed as an independent nation.


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