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Hunza (Pre-independence Pakistan)

Last modified: 2005-03-19 by rob raeside
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[Hunza] by O. Myszor

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About Hunza

State of Hunza in Gilgit Agency which is North of North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan. Recognized by the British as a semi-independent principality in 1850s, Hunza progressively lost sovereignity in the process of constitutional changes in Pakistan. State was incorporated into Pakistan in 1974. Last ruler was Mir Mohammad Jamal Khan 1946-74. Hunza is supposedly one of the most beautiful corners of the world.
Chris Kretowicz, 31 Mar 2001

From Encyclopaedia Universalis CD-ROM 1998:

The Hunza are a mountain ethnic group located in the Karakoram area in Pakistan. They might have settled in the Karakorum are more than 15 centuries ago.
translated by Ivan Sache, 16 Sep 1999

The State of Hunza, Pakistan, existed since before 1710 to 26 September 1974.
O. Myszor, 2 January 2002

Description of the flag

Black mountains with snow, below a green "sky". In the green field, white crescent and star and golden bow and arrow, pointing to the lower fly.
Source: Flags of Aspirant Peoples

The symbolism of the flag is quite clear: green, crescent and star for Moslims, mountains and snow for the country (mountains in the area are schistous, thus explaining the black colour). I am a bit puzzled by the bow and arrow, because the Hunza are famous for their gardening and water management skills (the mir himself must prove his skills) but not for hunting.
Ivan Sache, 16 Sep 1999


[Arms of Hunza]
from Chris Kretowicz, 31 Mar 2001