The Federal Minister for information and Broadcasting, Fawad Chaudhry, is eager to make alterations to Pakistan’s emblem and Twitter has spoken.
Calling all graphic designers, Chaudhry asked local artists to replace the jute and tea symbols on the emblem with science, technology, and education icons, and boy did they respond.
While many actually put their own spin on the insignia, others called out the minister for exploiting artists for free work. Some also urged Chaudhry and the state to set its priorities straight while others asked why the emblem was being referred to as a logo in the first place.
“In [the] government of Pakistan logo my suggestion is jute and tea should be replaced with science and technology, and education icons. Graphic designers there send me your ideas,” Chaudhry tweeted on May 10.
It is pertinent to mention here that the federal minister for information and broadcasting was previously the minister for science and technology from April 19, 2019 to April 16, 2021.
Nevertheless, here’s what Twitterati had to say:
Some caved in
Atom: that is a basic part of medical, chemistry, physics, and defense research. Higher education for national direction. Though I would suggest replacing cotton as well. As on the bottom-right growing plants is enough to show our agriculture connection. pic.twitter.com/i73586NFGW— ShakeelNaqvi (@iamshakeelnaqvi) May 10, 2021
First Logo representing Tourism , Technology , Education , Agriculture— Let's Change Pakistan (@LCPakistan) May 10, 2021
Second Logo representing Justice , Technology , Education , Agriculture pic.twitter.com/j76s4ckgOB
❤️👆👆👆 Sir please check ✔️ pic.twitter.com/SzZhViBt3l— Qasim Shamsi (@qasim_shamsi) May 10, 2021
Please Review ! pic.twitter.com/UnY1WNDfFC— Touseef Designer (@touseefdesigner) May 10, 2021
Please review (Replaced blocks explained below)— 🇵🇰 (@pakistaniyatt) May 10, 2021
1. Technology & Books with enlightened mind
2. Scientific research with Education being the torch bearer of society
3. Atom being basis of science & higher education a target of progressive society pic.twitter.com/ReojpOowSk
Others had different ideas
Please review. https://t.co/NGDEU2JqCN pic.twitter.com/F683eDeV8I— Shahrukh (@shahrookhh) May 11, 2021
sir is per aitchison, lums, medico aur LGS bhi likhwa deingay? students ko asani hojayege sabko gala phar phar kar batana nae paray ga https://t.co/8upHJe7zvT— Malik 🇵🇸 #SaveSheikhJarrah (@DesiBurger23) May 10, 2021
Ertugrul, his battle gear and horses would work?— Nαυʂԋҽҽɳ Aԃɳαɳ Kԋαɳ (@Nusho0) May 10, 2021
The line is thin...
It's a state emblem, not a logo. The GoP is not a corpora — oh, wait https://t.co/yy8Pq0z0Ae— Reem Khurshid (@ReemKhurshid) May 10, 2021
A minister should at least know the difference between "logo" and "emblem"! https://t.co/LssOo7AN7M— Dr. Shafiq Ahmad (@DrShafiqAhmad2) May 10, 2021
It's all about knowing your worth
Either hire graphic designers to redesign it or hold a proper design competition with a reasonable reward. A minister shouldn't be asking designers to send him ideas for free on Twitter. https://t.co/GsyeQL5is5— Bilal (@AhmedBK) May 10, 2021
@fawadchaudhry You are a sitting minister. In the government. Instead of crowdsourcing free content on Twitter, let’s see a call for proposal or invitation to pitch? Respect the labour graphic designers put in. https://t.co/LbJk60AIfm— Hareem Sumbul (@HareemSumbul) May 11, 2021
Oh bhaiii, pese do. Mufto, bachon se kaam muft mein na krao. https://t.co/NVAj3UwzuJ— سارہ خلیلی (@SaraKhlili) May 11, 2021
When you have nothing to do - lets change the logo https://t.co/PlfdHNVwAF— salma jafar (@Chiltan) May 10, 2021
Covid tackle karna zyada important hai ya logo logo khelna? 🙄 https://t.co/Fb3vCAK2oI— Nameless COVID Warrior - Forgotten (@Chingri_Fiss) May 11, 2021
@fawadchaudhry you're right add some educational icons too. But it won't hide the reality that the government is killing students by conducting exams in such appalling situation. #CancelExamsSaveStudents #CancelAllExams #cancelboardexams2021 #imrankhanjawabdou #FawadChaudhry https://t.co/2IoQkxcp6Y— جبران مختار خان (@Jabranity) May 11, 2021
We may change Government of Pakistan's logo later but what we need to change at first is Pakistan's justice system. @fawadchaudhry @PakPMO https://t.co/bs3RwMbIDO— Tasawwur H Waraich (@TasawwurWaraich) May 10, 2021
The coat of arms of Pakistan was adopted in 1954 and symbolizes Pakistan's ideological foundation, the basis of its economy, its cultural heritage and its guiding principles.
The four components of the emblem are a crescent and star crest above a shield, which is surrounded by a wreath, below which is a scroll. The crest and the green colour of the emblem are traditional symbols of Islam. The quartered shield in the center shows cotton, wheat, tea and jute, which were the major crops of Pakistan at independence and are shown in a form of shield and signify as the main agricultural base for the importance of the Nation's economy.
The floral wreath, surrounding the shield is Jasminum officinale (the national flower) and represents the floral designs used in traditional Mughal art and emphasizes the cultural heritage of Pakistan. The scroll supporting the shield contains the national motto in Urdu, "Īmān, Ittiḥād, Naẓm", which translates as "Faith, Unity, Discipline.” These are intended as the guiding principles for Pakistan.
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