Flag of Pakistan – Pakistan Flag history, information, and facts

Flag of Pakistan

Flag of Pakistan was designed on 11 August 1947 and officially adopted on 14 August 1947 on the date of independence of Pakistan from the British (England) when India was divided into two countries.

The Flag of Pakistan was designed by Syed Amir Uddin Kedwaii and it was based on the original flag of the Muslim League.

Syed Ameer Uddin Kidwai was an active advocate of the Muslim League within the Pakistan Movement.

Information Of Pakistan Flag

The national flag of Pakistan is dark green in color with a white bar, a white crescent in the center and a five-pointed star. The significance of the colors and symbols used in the Flag are as follows:

Dark Green color represents the Muslims Majority.

The White colored vertical stripe represents the Minorites in Pakistan

The white crescent on the flag represents progress.

The white five-pointed star represents light and knowledge.

History Of Pakistan Flag

When the independence struggle in occupied India began, many Muslims preferred and dreamed to create a new state where they would feel independent as the majority. Therefore the struggle movement as Muslim League was founded for independence. At their first meeting, which was held on December 30, 1906, they approved the Muslim League flag. Its dark green background and white star and crescent symbol were widely recognized as an Islamic symbol. The star and crescent, adopted by Muslim states from earlier usage, today provide a prominent Islamic symbol frequently found on flags, on buildings, vehicles, and in the visual arts, etc.

On 14th August 1947, Pakistan became independent under one national flag that differed from that of the Muslim League only in having a white vertical stripe at the hoist. It was explained that white represented all the colors in the flag and therefore referred to all religious minorities in the country. Dark Green and white colors were further clarified as symbols of prosperity and peace. The crescent was referred to as a symbol of progress, and the five-rayed star was called as a symbol of knowledge and light. No change was made in the flag when Bangladesh was separated from Pakistan.

On which Occasions the flag is flown?

Pakistan Day (March 23), Independence Day (August 14), Quaid-e-Azam’s birthday (December 25), and such other national days as may be notified by the government of Pakistan.

On Which Days the flag flies at half-mast?

On the Death anniversary of Allama Muhammad Iqbal (April 21), On Death anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam (September 11), On Death anniversary of Liaquat Ali Khan (October 16), and any other day notified by the government of Pakistan.

On which Motorcars Flag is allowed to be flown?

The following personalities shall be allowed to fly the Pakistan Flag on their motor cars, vehicles and airplanes when they are formally seated.

  • The President of Pakistan.
  • The Prime Minister of Pakistan.
  • The Chief Justice of Pakistan.
  • Chief Justices of the High Courts.
  • The Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan.
  • The Governors of the Provinces.
  • The Chief Ministers of the Provinces.
  • The Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan.

On which residences the Flag has to be flown?

The Pakistani flag shall be flown on the official residences of the following Personalities when they are home:

  • The President of Pakistan.
  • The Prime Minister of Pakistan.
  • Chairman of the Senate and Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan.
  • Governors of the Provinces.
  • The Chief Election Commissioner.
  • Federal Ministers and other personalities entitled to the privileges of the Ministers of the Government of Pakistan.
  • Chief Ministers and Ministers of Provinces.
  • Deputy Chairman of the Senate.
  • Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan.
  • Speakers of the Provincial Assemblies.
  • Commissioners of Divisions, Deputy Commissioners and Political Agents.
  • Diplomatic Representatives of Pakistan in foreign countries.

Interesting facts about the Pakistan flag

  • Master Afzal Hussain, stitched the first Pakistan flag after the announcement of Partition in 1947
  • Pakistan’s first Prime Minister Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan presented the flag in the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on August 11, 1947.
  • This flag was first adopted in 1906 as the flag of All India Muslim League but without a white bar on its left.
  • The Green color is a specific dark green with a code “#006600”
  • The largest human flag was created at National Hockey Stadium, Lahore, in February 2014 and is registered as a record in Guinness Book of World Record
  • Nawab Siraj Raisani made the world record of creating the largest flag of Pakistan.
  • The largest flag of Pakistan stretched from Mastung to Quetta.
  • No provincial flag or any other flag is allowed to fly higher than the Pakistani flag.

Sizes and Use of the Pakistan Flag

Different sizes of Pakistan Flag is flown or hoisted in different cases.


  • For ceremonial occasions. 21′ x 14′, 18′ x 12′, 10′ x 6-2/3′ or 9′ x 6 1/4.
  • For use over buildings. 6′ x 4′ or 3′ x 2′.
  • For tables 6 1/4″ x 4 1/4″.
  • For cars 12″ x 8″.

How to construct the Pakistan Flag Properly?

There is no law that actually prescribes dimension and making of the flag. The nearest to a legal official specification appears to be issued in “Pakistan Standard 1700” of 1985 and it is upon these dimensions.

“That this Assembly resolves that the national flag of the federation of Pakistan be of the following description.

“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 center 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 dimensions of the crescent and star are obtained as follows:

“Draw the diagonal from the top right-hand corner to the bottom left corner of the green portion. On this diagonal establish two points ‘A’ and ‘B’. Point ‘A’ at a distance equidistant from top right and bottom left-hand corners of the green portion, i.e. the center of the green portion. Point ‘B’ at a distance from the top right-hand corner equal to 13/20th the width of the flag. With center point ‘A’ and radius 1.1/4th the width of the flag describe a second arc. The enclosures made by these two arcs form the crescent. The dimensions of the five-pointed white heraldic star are determined by drawing a circle 1/10th the width of the flag. The circle surrounds the five points of the heraldic star. The star lies with one point on the diagonal at a point where the larger arc of the crescent if completed, cuts the diagonal.” (Souce)

Pakistan Flag
by Željko Heimer

The figures for the Naval Ensign are as follows:

Flag proportions – 91.5 x 183
White panel – 91.5 x 46
Green panel – 91.5 x 137
Outer arc of the crescent – 56
Inner arc of the crescent – 51
Star – 18.3

Official sizes of Pakistani flags are:

For ceremonial occasions. 21′ × 14′ or 18′ × 12′ or 10′ × 6′ or 9′ × 6¼’.
For erecting over the buildings. 6′ × 4′ or 3′ × 2′.
For cars 24″ × 16″.
For tables 10¼” × 8¼”.

To draw the Pakistan flag make a box measuring for example 10.25 x 8.25 piece of paper approximately of A4 size take 1/4th part of it on the left and paint rest as Dark Green

Now draw the crescent and moon as shown in the figure make sure that one corner of the star is exactly pointing to the top right corner of the flag and the center point of the circle of the moon is exactly the center of the green part of the flag.

Pakistan Flag Design

Important Rules to Remember In Hoisting The Pakistan Flag

Flag of Pakistan is the pride of Pakistan so the flag demands honor and respect. It is a symbol of sovereignty. There are a few protocols that everyone has to follow:

  • No provincial flag or any other flag is allowed to fly higher than Pakistani flag
  • At the United Nations, the Pakistan flag is flown at the same level as the national flag of other countries.
  • The flag must be allowed to fly freely and should always be tied from the left side of the Mast.
  • Pakistan’s flag must be raised at dawn and lowered at dusk
  • Pakistan flag should never fall on the ground or touch anyone’s shoes or feet
  • The flag must be spotless and emaculate. There should be no marks or writings on the flag.
  • The star and crescent should always face towards the right
  • Whenever the flag is raised, all uniformed individuals are bound to salute.
  • When burying a Shaheed then lowered and detach the flag and keep it above the grave.
  • The flag of Pakistan should never be buried in a grave.

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Pakistani Nation feels proud of the flag and displays it everywhere in the world. On 14th August (Pakistan Independence Day) you can nearly see a Pakistan Flag on every single Pakistani house, building, and Vehicle.

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