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Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Islam-i Jamhuriya-e Pakistan

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[Pakistan] by Zeljko Heimer
Flag adopted 14 August 1947, coat of arms adopted 23 March 1956.

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Description of Flag

The Pakistan Flag was designed by Ameer-ud-din Khidwai. The national flag of Pakistan is dark green in colour with a white bar, a white crescent in the centre and a five-pointed star. The significance of the colour and symbols used in the Pakistan Flag is as follows:

The white and dark green field represents minorities & Muslim majority, respectively.
The crescent on the flag represents progress.
The five-rayed star represents light and knowledge.

From, collected by Dov Gutterman, 10 January 1999

Flag display in Pakistan easily exceeds that of the US. Pakistani's are very proud of the flag and display it everywhere. I was amazed at how many Pakistani flags I saw flying from private homes, even out in the country side.

Even though there are specific proportions for all the parts on Pakistan's flag, said specifications were seldom followed on any flag I saw with the exception of some printed flags I ran up upon.
Clay Moss, 4 July 2001

A note in Album des Pavillons (2000) explains that this flag is not to be flown as a civil flag. The correction 1 to Album des Pavillons (2000) has an entry for Pakistan, but from what I could see, the only difference is more detailed construction information for the national flag. I believe that both issues contain correct construction information, though.
Zeljko Heimer, 8 September 2002

Sizes and Use of the Flag

The Pakistani flag is flown on the offices and official residences of VIPs when they are home.

i) For ceremonial occasions. 21' x 14', 18' x 12', 10' x 6-2/3' or 9' x 6 1/4.
ii) For use over buildings. 6' x 4' or 3' x 2'.
iii) For cars 12" x 8".
iv) For tables 6 1/4" x 4 1/4".

Occasions on which Pakistani flag is to be flown
i) Pakistan Day (23rd March)
ii) Independence Day (14th August)
iii) Quaid-e-Azim's Birthday (25th December)
iv) Such other days as may be notified by the Government from time to time.

Days when flags at half-mast
i) Death anniversary of Allama Muhammad Iqbal (21st April)
ii) Death anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam (11th September)
iii) Death anniversary of Liaquat Ali Khan (16th October)
iv) Any other day notified by the Government.

Flag to be flown on residences
The Pakistan Flag shall be flown on the official residences of the following VIPs when they are home: -
1. The President and Prime Minister of Pakistan.
2. Chairman of the Senate and Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan.
3. Governors of the Provinces.
4. Federal Ministers and other dignitaries entitled to the privileges of the Ministers of the Government of Pakistan.
5. Chief Ministers and Ministers of Provinces.
6. The Chief Election Commissioner.
7. Deputy Chairman of the Senate / Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan.
8. Speakers of the Provincial Assemblies.
9. Diplomatic Representatives of Pakistan in foreign countries.
10. Commissioners of Divisions, Deputy Commissioners and Political Agents.

Note: - The Pakistan Flag will be flown on the official residence of the President / Prime Minister alongside his personal standard.

Flag to be flown on motorcars
The following persons shall be entitled to fly the Pakistan Flag on their motor cars, vessels and aeroplanes, when the dignitaries themselves are seated: -
1. The President of Pakistan.
2. The Prime Minister of Pakistan.
3. The Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan.
4. The Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan.
5. Chief Justice of Pakistan.
6. The Governors of the Provinces.
7. The Chief Ministers of the Provinces.
8. Chief Justices of the High Courts.

Note: - The President / Prime Minister may fly two flags i.e., his personal flag in addition to the National Flag.

Located by Dov Gutterman, 8 August 2002

See also: Construction Sheet for Pakistani Flag