KARACHI: Faced with criticism from various quarters over their party flag, the Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) finally launched on Monday its own party flag after using the national flag as the party flag for almost a year.
Addressing a press conference at his office, Pakistan House, PSP secretary-general Raza Haroon hoisted the party flag at his office. It was similar to the national flag, but it bears the name 'Pakistani' at the centre rather than a star and moon, which was in the flag earlier.
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Displaying the flag, Haroon appealed to the workers and leaders of his party to use the national flag in their offices, houses and party programmes and meeting as the new flag was only launched to silence the critics. "We love our national flag but some people expressed their reservation, which compelled us to come up with another party flag," clarified Haroon.
According to the Constitution, the national flag cannot be used by any of the political parties. However, PSP continued to use it for almost a year. After founding the party, we never knew that we will be criticised for our party flag which was the national flag of the country, said Haroon, adding that they never wanted to use the colourful flags being used by other political parties.
"It [the new flag] is not that different from the national flag. Since we wanted to express our attachment and emotions with the nation, we made very few changes but at least it will silence critics," said Haroon, advising party workers to use the national flag in party meetings and not the new one.
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Meanwhile, Haroon also criticised the Sindh government for carrying out development work without proper planning. "The whole city has been dug up while the government is not concerned about the difficulties being faced by the citizens of Karachi," he said, adding that it was depressing to see young students dying just because of improper roads in the city.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 14th, 2017.