In national anthem flag represents as flag of the Crescent and Star. It is hoisted on several important days of the year including Republic Day, Independence Day and Defence Day of Pakistan. It is also hoisted every morning at schools, offices and government buildings to the sound of the national anthem and lowered again before sunset. On Wagah border Lahore national flag rising and lowering ceremony is carried out each day with great pomp and enthusiasm attended by hundreds of spectators. The government of Pakistan has pronounced rules about the flying of the flag. It is to be displayed at full mast on 23 March of each year, marking the adoption of the Lahore Resolution in 1940 and the Declaration of the Republic of Pakistan in 1956, and on 14 August in celebration of Independence Day, when Pakistan was carved out from British India as a home for Indian Muslims.
History and symbolism of National flag of Pakistan
Before the partition Muslims and Hindus were living under the British Raj and a number of muslims formed a league for muslims of India and afterwards it appears as All India Muslim League. When Pakistan emerged on Global Map on Independence Day of Pakistan 14th August 1947 the flag of the Muslim league served as the basis for the flag of Pakistan.
The green colour represents Islam as the majority of Pakistan is Muslims while white stripe represents religious minorities and minority religions. In the centre, the crescent and star symbolizes progress and light respectively. Flag represents Pakistan’s commitment to Islam and rights of other religions also.
National Flag was designed by the Constituent Assembly with definition of the features and properties. In its design it is a dark green rectangular flag with the proportion of length and width as 3:2 with vertical bar at the mast, the green portion bearing a white crescent in the centre and a five-pointed white heraldic star. The width of white portion is one quarter the width of flag, so the green portion has remaining three quarters.
Pakistan Qaumi Parcham Dimensions
The Interior Ministry of Pakistan provides dimensions for flags in different circumstances:
- For ceremonial occasions: 21′ × 14′, 18′ × 12′, 11′ × 6 2⁄3′ or 9′ × 6 1⁄4′.
- For use over buildings: 6′ × 4′ or 3′ × 2′.
- For cars: 24″ × 16″.
- For tables: 10 1⁄4″ × 8 1⁄4″.
Pakistan National Flag Protocols (SOP’s)
- No other flag must fly higher (except the United Nations flag at United Nations buildings).
- When displayed or flown alongside other national flags, the National Flag must be displayed or flown at the same height as the other national flags, never lower.
- When displayed alongside provincial, military or corporate flags, the National Flag must be higher.
- When tied to a mast, it must be tied only at the left (at the beginning of the white bar) and left to fly freely without any obstruction.
- Must not touch the ground, shoes or feet or anything unclean.
- Must never be flown in darkness.
- Must be raised at dawn and lowered at dusk (except on the Parliament of Pakistan, which is the only official building on which the flag is never lowered). When flown over the Parliament of Pakistan at night, it must always remain alit with artificial light
- Must not be marked with anything (including words or pictures).
- When rising: (i) must be saluted to by all uniformed personnel, (ii) others must stand in attention.
- Must be raised or lowered ceremoniously.
- Must never be displayed vertically.
- When displayed horizontally, the white strip must always be at the left, with green field on the right.
- Must not fly or be displayed upside down (except in case of distress in country) or with the crescent and star facing left.
- Must not be displayed anywhere where it is likely to get dirty.
- Must not be set on fire or trampled upon.
- Must not be buried or lowered into a grave (when burying a flag-bearing casket, the National Flag must be detached from the casket and held above the grave as the casket is lowered or removed from the casket before burial.
Pakistan Flag Flying Days
There are five major days of the history of Pakistan when national flag hoisted with full mast or half mast. These Days of the year are given below.
Pakistan Day 23 March
On this day national flag hoisted with full mast to observe Pakistan Day. On this day resolution of Pakistan was passed in 1940 and by hard work of our great ancestors we have this Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Get Pakistan Day Wallpapers Pictures Quotes by click here
21st April Death Anniversary of National Poet.
Pakistani flag hoisted with half mast on this day to observe national poet of Pakistan Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal death anniversary. in 21st April 1938 he was died but his philosophical thoughts and work for muslims of subcontinent will keep him alive all time . Allama Iqbal Poetry teaches us as individuality with other religions and Muslims culture and traditions also.
Pakistan Independence Day 14th August
On this day flag of Pakistan hoisted with full mast and celebrated this day with great pomp and enthusiasm throughout the country by organizing seminars, Events and ceremonies. 14th August Pakistan Independence Day songs and poetry got the best music and entertainment for all age groups including women, child or old persons. 14th August speeches and national anthem (Qaumi Tarana) are playing everywhere. On facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites there is a great excitement to celebrate this day. Every patriotic person celebrates Independence Day of Pakistan on 14th August with National songs. 14th August Pakistan Independence Day wallpapers Pictures and facebook cover photos are most used keywords on Internet.
11th September Death Anniversary of Quaid e Azam
National flag of Pakistan hoisted with half mast on this day to observe death anniversary of Father of Nation Muhammad Ali Jinnah that was died on 11th September 1948.
25th December Birthday Anniversary of Quaid e Azam
National Flag hoisted with full mast on 25th Day of December. It is a day when Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was born in 1876. A great man who is known as Qauid e Azam, father of nation and first governor General of Pakistan. His real name is Muhammad Ali. There are many national songs that represent Quid’s Work for the Muslims of sub continent. See the list of 25th December songs and National Songs of Pakistan you will come to know about his personality, thoughts and work for the nation of Pakistan.
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