KARACHI (AFP) - In a row about Facebook, censorship and religious sacrilege means booming demand for replica American and Israeli flags to go up in flames at protest rallies across the country. That means one thing for 31-year-old Mamoon ur Rasheed - business - and he is working long into the night to churn out the paraphernalia beloved of activists taking to the streets. I have nothing to do with any political party, but it is really enjoyable when you see your work on TV screens, a laughing Rasheed told AFP. Im busy every day making banners and placards for different religious and political parties, but work gets a boost - especially when international controversy concerning Muslims breaks out, he said. Several thousand Pakistanis have taken to the streets at the behest of right-wing religious groups, who turn to Rasheed when they need flags to burn and banners to write. Generally, we receive orders for banners for a couple of demonstrations a day, but due to the blasphemous drawings issue, the number of orders for flags and banners has increased by 10 to 12 per day, said Rasheed. Flags are made for burning. They symbolise what our clients want to express and we are paid for it, so Im happy to see our work go up in flames. Rasheed owns a workshop where he employs four craftsmen to paint flags and write calligraphy, and a small printing press. We have received continuous orders for American and Israeli flags. Normally we paint them but when demand surges into the hundreds we print these flags to get them to our clients in time, he said. In the wake of the blasphemous drawings contest, Pakistan blocked hundreds of web pages to limit access to the profane material, banning access to US-based Facebook and YouTube - the two most popular websites in the country. The Lahore High Court ordered the block on Facebook until at least May 31, when it is scheduled to hear a petition from lawyers. Rasheed runs his business on times of stress. Different periods mean demand for the flags of India, Norway and Sweden and Britain. Whenever elections approach or protests start, wholesalers stock huge quantities of cheap cloth and reap handsome rewards. We are getting bigger orders from scores of painters and printers nowadays, cloth merchant Mohammad Siddique said. Pakistan is the country of protests and for this Karachi is undoubtedly its capital and our business gets a boost in such circumstances, Siddique said. Waqar Ahmed, owner of a printing press in Karachis southern neighbourhood Pakistan Chowk, says orders are flooding in for posters, pamphlets and placards, temporarily overtaking his main business in books and wedding cards. I get orders for pamphlets and posters in the event of controversies or elections, Waqar says. May 15, when Palestinians marked Naqba day - the catastrophe of Israels creation in 1948 - is another landmark. I got some orders to print flags of Israel and United States - 100 a piece - during Naqba rallies. We have also sold some American and Swedish flags during the protests against Facebook, Ahmed said.