Obama win may be good news for Pakistan flag-makers

Published: November 8, 2012
Owner of flag business in Rawalpindi says more drone strikes and more protests expected. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Owner of flag business in Rawalpindi says more drone strikes and more protests expected. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

RAWALPINDI: Many Pakistanis fear President Barack Obama’s re-election will mean a surge in America’s unpopular drone campaign, but for those making and selling US flags to burn at protests this could be good news.

Demonstrations against Washington’s programme of missile strikes against suspected al Qaeda and Taliban militants are common in Pakistan, and no protest is complete without a Stars and Stripes being sent up in flames.

Nadeem Shah, the owner of a flag business in Rawalpindi said he expected more drone strikes – and more protests.

“Of course Obama has become stronger now and he will push his policies harder and there will be more drone strikes because he himself is stronger now,” Shah told AFP.

“When the drone strikes increase the protests against these strikes will also increase in Pakistan and it can have an impact on the flags and poster business.”

Pakistan’s flag industry enjoyed a boom in September when a US-made anti-Islam film sparked weeks of demonstrations, almost all lit up with “Old Glory” being burned.

In Rawalpindi, US flags start at around 120 rupees ($1.25) but in Shah’s shop 1,500 rupees will get you a three-square-metre number in cloth.

Shah said he was not hopeful of a stampede for his high-end products.

“As far as my own business is concerned I don’t expect much out of it because I deal in expensive material and I don’t think that many people will be buying that,” he said.


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Reader Comments (5)

  • Nov 8, 2012 - 1:58PM

    Who says America is not creating jobs in Pakistan. lol


  • S K Afridi
    Nov 8, 2012 - 2:13PM

    “Obama’s victory may be a good news for Pakistan”. Yes, get ready for more drone attacks.


  • K123
    Nov 8, 2012 - 3:50PM

    These kind of stories make the news?


  • Hedgefunder
    Nov 8, 2012 - 6:49PM

    I am sure that flag burnng will soon be classed as employmwnt opportunity in Pakistan, very soon !


  • Khan
    Nov 9, 2012 - 3:17AM

    Its one of those days when you see tabloid style reporting from a well reputed paper .. Its not that there are millions or thousands of US flags sold .. how can sale of half a dozen flags in whole year, be good for sellers. Any impact would be negligible.


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