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Pakistan flag: Here’s how it came to be

Pakistan’s Independence Day is celebrated every year with religious fervor and absolute patriotism amid renewed pledges and prayers for prosperity of the motherland. Streets across the country are festooned with buntings, banners with a national flag theme, but do you know how did Pakistan flag come into existence and what’s the significance behind its colour and symbols? Here are some interesting facts about our national flag: Pakistan’s first Prime Minister Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan presented the national flag in…

Iran hit by global cyber attack that left US flag on screens

DUBAI: Hackers have attacked networks in a number of countries including data centers in Iran where they left the image of a US flag on screens along with a warning: “Don’t mess with our elections”, the Iranian IT ministry said on Saturday. “The attack apparently affected 200,000 router switches across the world in a widespread attack, including 3,500 switches in our country,” the Communication and Information Technology Ministry said in a statement carried by Iran’s official news agency IRNA. The statement said the…

National flag hoisted at Westminster Abbey to honour Pakistan Day

LONDON. The Pakistani flag was hoisted on the historical Westminster Abbey on Monday March 19 to honour the occasion of Pakistan Day. The church that has stood over a thousand years and faces the British Parliament honored Pakistan Day by hoisting the national flag and sent a prayer out for the safety and prosperity of both countries. According the Pakistan High Commission in London, the Pakistani flag kept flying on top of the north tower of the Abbey the entire day. “It is a moment of pride to see the green flag…

China considers three-year jail terms for disrespecting national anthem, flag

BEIJING: China’s largely rubber-stamp parliament is considering tougher penalties for people who disrespect the national anthem or flag in public, including up to three years in jail, state news agency Xinhua said on Tuesday. Xi Jinping has ushered in new legislation aimed at securing China from threats both within and outside its borders since taking over as president in 2013, as well as presiding over a sweeping crackdown on dissent and free speech. China passed a new law in September mandating up to 15 days in…

Malaysia apologises for Indonesia flag blunder

KUALA LUMPUR/JAKARTA: Malaysia apologised on Sunday for the upside-down printing of Indonesia's flag in the souvenir guidebook for the Southeast Asia Games, which officials said is being withdrawn and reprinted. The mistake, spotted at the games' opening in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, on Saturday, sparked an outcry in Indonesia and the hashtag #ShameonyouMalaysia was trending on social media. Indonesian President Joko Widodo told reporters in Jakarta the incident concerned "national pride", and called for an…