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US film protests bring boom for Pakistan flag makers

Published on Oct 3, 2012 2:03 PM
This photo taken on October 1, 2012 shows Pakistani shopkeeper Nadeem Mahmood Shah showing a US flag to his customer at his shop in Rawalpindi. -- PHOTO: AFP

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AFP) - As Pakistan's mullahs railed against a United States-made anti-Islam film, Naveed Haider's print works went into overdrive, running off hundreds of US flags for angry protesters to burn at demonstrations.

Weeks of protests in Pakistan over the crudely made Innocence Of Muslims have killed more than 20 people and caused serious damage to major cities, but for Haider business is booming.

When the mobilisation against the US film began, "I knew the tills would start ringing", said the manager at Panaflex printers, housed in a dilapidated building in Rawalpindi, the twin city of Islamabad and headquarters of the military.

"Whenever we have these demonstrations, I make 10 times as much money as normal," he told AFP in a tiny room that stank of ink, as two huge rollers spat out Stars and Stripes.

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