Usman Riaz’s illustration of Pakistan’s flag

Talented young musician Usman Riaz takes to Facebook to express feelings towards sectarian attacks, ensuing protests.

January 14, 2013
File photo of Usman Riaz.

Talented young musician Usman Riaz, who made a debut in the music industry with his single Firefly, took to Facebook to express his feelings towards sectarian attacks and ensuing protests in the country.

On the Usman Riaz Facebook page, the artist shared artwork with the caption “An illustration I made a while ago, sad that it is still relevant.” The image shows a bloodstained Pakistan flag with the crescent and star inverted to show a sad face.


“I made this around two years ago,” Riaz told The Express Tribune. “I don’t remember what happened exactly but it was for a school assignment. [I posted it last night] because it fits perfectly with the tone of what is happening…”

He continued: “It is really depressing. I don’t want to include politics in my work, but I just wanted to use this illustration to create awareness and show others what is happening. The bloody flag and sad face — it’s how people feel here in Pakistan.”

Published in The Express Tribune, January 15th, 2013.

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Salman | 8 years ago | Reply

@Nadir Naeem - put a sock in it, it really represents how majority of Pakistan feels. jealous fools like you may have every right to express their opinion. but that doesnt mean you are right. Contribute to making a better Pakistan and stop being an idiot!! PAKISTAN ZINDABAD! this piece needs to be promoted to show people what out fighting is doing to the country! maybe then one day the flag will smile again! inshallah!!!!!!!

Nadir Naeem | 8 years ago | Reply

Grow up kids.... This is not impressive and certainly not art. I am surprized it made it till here. There are bigger issues in life and far more better works of arts by Pakistani kindergarten children.

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