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Christian Protest flag, Pakistan

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[UFE] image by Szymon Pawlas, 10 August 2011

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On the website "Let Us Build Pakistan" - - there's a photo showing the flag of Pakistan with a red Latin cross drawn on the white stripe of the flag, symbolizing the Christian citizens of this country. For sure it's unofficial.
Szymon Pawlas, 10 August 2011

This is a protest flag being displayed by a Pakistani Christian during what was then a recent protest, as the picture caption reads: "Two-wheel protest: a Pakistani Christian carries a national flag in a rally, held on Tuesday, to condemn the killing of Christians by Muslims", by AP (Associated Press) news agency. The image is originally located here: (source: It originally appeared on a news article titled "Solidarity visit planned for Pakistan" by Church Times, a British newspaper, written by Bill Bowder and the picture was reportedly taken one day before the article was published, that is: August 11, 2009. The events that sparked the protests occurred the week before, on August 7 when an attack on several Christians took place in Gojra.

The article was then replicated by the (now defunct) website "Let us build Pakistan", as originally reported, and published online on their website. The image can be tracked to its (archived) original location here: (source: They used the original image on their website for a different article regarding the same topic, titled "The Christian Cross: A Fading Symbol in Pakistan – by Zeresh John", January 4, 2010. "Let us build Pakistan" ( and was an online blog that portrays "critical reflections on Pakistan’s politics, society and arts. This blog has been created in support of a progressive, inclusive and democratic Pakistan. In the main, the blog offers original articles as well as a selection of editorials and op-eds from the Pakistani and international press." It was an opposition news outlet to the (then ruling) PPP (Pakistan People's Party). Hence the name of its website "Critical PPP".
Esteban Rivera, 31 December 2020