Dominion of Pakistan, 1947
Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1956
The National Flag of the Dominion of Pakistan was adopted on 11 August 1947, three days before its independence. The flag is dark green, with a white crescent and star, symbolising Islam and a white bar at the hoist representing the minorities. The crescent also represents progress, and the five-pointed star stands for light and knowledge. It was designed by Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. It remained the same when, in 1956, Pakistan became an Islamic Republic.