Allegedly, there is a thriving American-flag printing business in Pakistan that cashes in anytime there is an anti-American protest that involves burning flags.
Sold for between US$1.25 and $16, depending on size and quality -- quality is measured by how quickly it will go up in smoke -- Naveed's bank balance has hit the roof.
The boom in the flag market has accompanied a surge in anti-American feeling in Pakistan, which has been battered by a mix of Taliban violence and US drone attacks since Washington's War on Terror kicked off in late 2001.
[...] One thousand five hundred rupees, just $16, will get you a three quarter square meter Old Glory in cloth and comes with a guarantee it will easily catch fire -- a major concern for protestors with all the TV cameras around.
[...] One man even passed out and died after inhaling fumes from an American flag he'd just set alight.
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