Islamabad - Besides being the symbol of nationalism, integrity and celebration, the combination of leaf green and white colours in national flag also make it a symbol of interfaith unity and harmony.

The green represents Islam and the majority Muslims in Pakistan and the white stripe represents religious minorities and minority religions while in the centre, the crescent and star symbolise progress and light respectively.

“The flag symbolises Pakistan’s commitment to Islam and the rights of religious minorities. Even if we only follow the national flag, we can maintain unity and promote interfaith harmony in the country,” said Federal Minister for Interfaith Harmony, Sardar Muhammad Yousaf while talking to APP on Sunday.

When the flag is hoisted, it is an event of celebration or national importance and the flag in the air gives everyone a sense of pride and pleasure and a feeling to breath freely in their own independent state.

Independence Day of Pakistan takes the lead in all other national days as young and old, everyone seems enthusiastic to celebrate the day using all possible props, connected to the independence celebrations, he said. From small to huge sizes, the flags colour the air with green and white on almost all the national days, but on Independence Day, people consider more about decorating their houses with flags and buntings, said a flag-maker at a local market.

“Those who are more enthusiastic and for official buildings, we prepare flags in huge sizes but the students and those decorating their homes even use paper or other material flags in small sizes to hang on their terrace side, windows and other portions of houses and educational institutions for a festive look,” he said.

“Displaying the flag on top of the houses and buildings, gives us a feeling of pride and breathing in an independent country where there is respect of our rights and a feeling of having a secure future,” said Adeel Hassan, a student.

With few days left in Independence Day, besides buildings and houses, almost every major road, streets, lane and alleyway is adorned with flags, buntings and pennants, giving a very colorful atmosphere to the occasion.

The national flag of Pakistan was adopted in its present form during a meeting of the Constituent Assembly on August 11, 1947, just three days before the country’s independence, when it became the official flag of the Dominion of Pakistan.

The flag is a green field with a white crescent moon and five-rayed star at its centre, and a vertical white stripe at the hoist side. The flag is referred to in the national anthem as the Flag of the Crescent and Star. It is flown on several important days of the year and also on every morning at schools, colleges and offices. It is raised almost in all working areas with national anthem and lowered before sunset.