Pakistan’s flag was first ever officially hoisted in France, outside the subcontinent

Pakistan’s flag was first ever officially hoisted in France, outside the subcontinent in the sixth International scout Jamboori, in 1947.

According to the Pakistan chronicles, compiled by a famous researcher, Aqeel Abbas Jaffery, 124 boy scouts and the team of 11 Scouters from India were attending the sixth International scout jamboree Jamboori in Miosson, a city of France, which was held from 9th to 17 August 1947.

Once the Muslim scouts of the Indian delegates came to know about the partition of India and the formation of a new country for Muslims, they decided to attend the Jamboori under Pakistan’s flag.

August 11, 1947, Constituent Assembly of Pakistan had passed the flag of Pakistan, the details of the flag were published in newspaper globally. Muslim scouts started preparing their flag.

Interestingly, Madan Mohan – a Hindu scout from Shimla volunteered his turban for the green portion of the flag, meanwhile, Abbas Ali Gardezi – a Muslim scout from Multan, torn his shirt for the white portion of the flag. Two French girl guides help sewing the flag.

Quraishi Muhammad Iqbal was selected as a leader of scouts from the areas, now become Pakistan.

Finally, on August 15, 1947, Pakistan’s flag was hoisted officially first-ever outside of Pakistan.

As a gesture, initiated by the Indian contingent’s chief Thadius, Dan Mal Mathur, a teacher from Mayo College, Ajmer who was also in the  Indian delegation raised the Pakistani flag and the Indian flag was hoisted by Qureshi Iqbal.