Saturday, January 24, 2015

Pakistan Postage Stamps issued during the year 2014

Pakistan Post issued 15 stamps during the year 2014 on following occasions:

Rs.15 .00 Multicolored of continuing series of (Men of Letters with the portrait of poet Habib Jalib (1928-1993) on 12th March. Jalib was a revolutionary poet, a left-wing activist who opposed martial law, authoritarianism and state oppression and expressed his disdain in his fiery poetry

Second stamp of the year was in memory of legendary ace fighter pilot Air Commodore Muhammad Mahmood Alam who made headlines on 7 September 1965 during the Indo-Pak war by shooting down 5 enemy aircraft in less than a minute – the first four within 30 seconds – establishing a world record, with his F-86 jet. Alam was awarded Sitar-e-Jurrat (Star of Courage) twice for his brave and daring action. In all he shot down nine Indian fighter aircraft during the war.

The stamp issued on 20 March was of Rs. 8.00 denomination showing the then Squadron Leader M.M.Alam standing in the cockpit of his F-86 fighter jet. 
The third issue of Rs. 8.00 denomnation was on 6 April showing portrait of H.M.Habib ( 1936-2013), one of the great bankers of Pakistan, and the owner of Habib Bank of Pakistan.

On the 50th anniversary of Lahore's Forman Christan College, commonly known as the FC College, a Rs. 8.00 commemorative stamp was issued on 14 May showing the college building and its emblem. 
The fifth stamp was issued on 1 June on the eve of the golden jubilee of Pakistan Navy submarine force. The Rs. 10.00 commemorative stamp shows Pakistan's flag on the top, a submarine and the force emblem. 
On the 100th aniiversary of the Frontier Constabalr, a Rs. 8.00 commemorative stamp was issued on 11 July . Frontier Constablry was founded by the British to maintain law and order in the undemarcated region of the frontier region of the then British Empire, bordering Afghanistan. The stamp has been designed By Frontier Constabulary. 
The seventh stamp of the year was to commeorate the 100th years of the Sahiwal breed of cows' conservation (1914-2014) on 5 August. The Rs. 8.00 multicoloured stamp shows the famous Sahiwal breed of cow, famous for its milk giving capacity and health beef.

Please read more about the Sahiwal cows at: The Cow and the City

A set of two stamps was issued on 11 August on the concept of Pakistan 2015 - One Nation - One Vision. The Rs. 8.00 stamp portrayed the vision and the Rs. 10.00 stamp portrayed the Rising Sun depicting the vision.
National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is a national institiuion to curb corruption and enure tranparent accountability. On the eve of the International Anti Corruption Day, a Commemorative Postage was published on December 09,2014, showing the NAB emblem and its motto: "Say No To Corruption" 
On the eve of 100th Birthay Anniversary of Norman E.Borlaug Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and the father of green revolution, a commemorative stamp of Rs. 8.00 was issued on December 04,2014  
A special Postage Stamps showing the GEMS & MINERALS of Pakistan was issued on December 11,2014 
A Joint Issue Pakistan-Ukraine Commemorative Postage Stamp & Special Souvenir Sheet was issued both by Pakistan and Ukraine of Rs. 20 each showing the monuments of ancient cultures of both friendly countries on December 25. 
The last stamp was issued on 23 December on the eve of 14th National Scout Jamboree. 
Stamps courtesy Pakistan Post

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Pakistan Postage Stamps Issued in 2013

Pakistan Post issued over two dozen commemorative stamps during the almost ending year 2013. Most of the stamps related to the exclusive series of Men of Letters which honoured the writers and poets of Pakistan who have rendered valuable services for the development of Urdu language, literature and poetry. Beside, Pakistan Post also issued a number of commemorative stamps to honour heroes and celebrating centenaries of two prestigious educational institutions of Pakistan.

The details of the stamps as per the date of issue is as under:
1. The first stamp of the year was issued on 2 March on the eve of death anniversary of famous Urdu language poet Syed Nasir Raza Kazmi. The Rs. 15 valued stamp carried the portrait of the poet in an oval frame in dominating green colour.
2. The second stamp of the year also pertained to the series of Men of Letters and issued on 23 March in respect of famous Urdu language writer Qudrat Ullah Shahab. He was an eminent Urdu writer and civil servant from Pakistan and is famous for his autobiography 'Shahab Nama.' This Rs. 15 valued stamp carried the portrait of the writer in an oval frame in dominating crimson colour.
3. The third stamp of the year was issued on 23 March in the honour of much less known man for his background - Allama Muhammad Asad. It would be unfair not to introduce the Allama and his long back ground and his contributions to literature and Islam.
Muhammad Asad was born Leopold Weiss on 2 July 1900 and was an Austro-Hungarian born journalist, traveller, writer, linguist, thinker, political theorist, diplomat and Islamic scholar. After travelling across the Arab World as a journalist, he converted to Islam and chose for himself the Muslim name "Muhammad Asad"—Asad being the Arabic rendition of his root name Leo (Lion).
During his stay in Saudi Arabia, he spent time with Bedouins and enjoyed close company of Ibn Saud—the founder of modern Saudi Arabia. He also carried out a secret mission for Ibn Saud to trace the sources of funding for Ikhwan Revolt. Due to these activities, he was dubbed in a Haaretz articles as "Leopold of Arabia"—hinting similarity of his activities to those of Lawrence of Arabia.
On his visit to India, Asad became friends with Muslim poet-philosopher Muhammad Iqbal who persuaded him to abandon his eastward travels and "help elucidate the intellectual premises of the future Islamic state". On 14th August 1947, Asad got Pakistani citizenship and later served at several bureaucratic and diplomatic positions including the Director of Department of Islamic Reconstruction, Deputy Secretary (Middle East Division) in the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan and Pakistan's Envoy to the United Nations.
In the West, Asad rose to prominence as a writer with his best-selling autobiography, The Road to Mecca. Later, after seventeen years of scholarly research, he published his magnum opus: The Message of the Qur'an—an English translation and commentary of the Quran. The book, along with the translations of Pickthall and Yusuf Ali, is regarded as one of the most influential translations of the modern era
In 2008, the entrance square to the UN Office in Vienna was named Muhammad Asad Platz in commemoration of his work as a "religious bridge-builder". Asad has been described by his biographers as "Europe's gift to Islam" and "A Mediator between Islam and the West"  
Read more about Allama Muhammad Asad at Wikipedia
4. The fourth stamp of the year of Rs. 15 face value was issued on the eve of the centenary celebrations of the Kinnaird College for Women. The girls exclusive college located  in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan was founded by American missionaries under the British Raj, the school turned college is now a semi-government institute recognized by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and is one of the oldest institution for the education of girls in the region.
5. The fifth stamp of the year of Rs. 15 face value was issued on 21 April on the eve of the 75th death anniversary of Allama Muhammad Iqbal - the national poet of Pakistan, a philosopher, social reformer and a politician instrumental in dreaming for a separated Muslim country to be carved out of the British India. A dream which came true but about a decade later than his death in 1938.
6. Continuing with the series of Men of Letter,  the sixth stamp of the year of Rs. 15 face value was issued on 27 April to commemorate the life of sufi saint Sufi Barkat Ali.
7. On the eve of the inauguration of Army Museum at Rawalpindi, Pakistan on 30 April a Rs. 15 valued commemorative stamp was issued showing the Army Museum building in the background and a life sized bronze statue of Subedar Khuda Dad Khan who became the first South Asian as a 26 years old sepoy to be awarded the Victoria Cross during the WW-I for an act of gallantry on 31 October 1914, at Hollebeke, Belgium.
8. A set of three stamps to honour the recipients of Nishan-e-Haider and Hilal-i-Kashmir was issued by Pakistan post on 30 April 2013, each with a face value of Rs.8. The stamps showed the portraits of the recipients along with their dates of birth and martyrdom. The stamps on the sides are Havildar Lalak Jan (left) and captain Kernal Sher Khan (right) who were awarded the highest military honour of Pakistan - the Nishan-e-Haider. The stamp in the centre shows portrait of Nail Saif Ullah Janjua who was awarded with the Hilal-i-Kashmir for his bravery during the Kashmir War of 1948.
9. A Rs 8 commemorative stamp was issued on 11 May 2013 on the eve of general elections after a successful tenure of five years by an elected government.
10. A Rs 8 commemorative stamp was issued by Pakistan Post on 24 May 2013 as part of the Pioneers of Freedom series in the honour of  Nawab Sadiq Muhammad Khan Abbasi V, GCSI, GCIE, KCVO, LLD, Nishan-e-Quaid-e-Azam, who was the Nawab, and later Amir, of Bahawalpur State from 1907 to 1966 and played an important role in supporting the creation of Pakistan.

The Nawab was born 29 September 1904, in the famous Derawar Fort and died 24 May 1966, in London. His death, ended his  59 years as Nawab and Ameer of Bahawalpur; his body was brought back to Bahawalpur and was buried in his family's ancestral graveyard at Derawer Fort. His eldest son Haji Muhammad Abbas Khan Abbasi Bahadur succeeded to his father's title of Nawab of Bahawalpur, but with no administrative power. His grandson Nawab Salah-ud-din Ahmed Abbasi currently holds the title of Nawab.
11. The eleventh stamp of the year waa part of the Men Letters series - honouring Syed Zamir Jafri, a hallmark in the development of Urdu language literature in Pakistan. The Rs 8 commemorative stamp bearing portrait of Syed Zamir Jafri was issued by Pakistan Post on 29 May 2013.
12. The twelfth stamp of the year was issued on the 100 Years of famous Islamia College of Peshawar. Islamia College is a renowned educational institution located in the city of Peshawar in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. It was founded in October 1913 by regional leader Nawab Sir Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum and then Chief Commissioner of the province Sir George Roos-Keppel in an effort to provide quality education to the region's youth. The college has now been converted into a university. The Rs 8 commemorative stamp issued on 30 May 2013 shows the building of the Islamia College.

13. The thirteenth stamp was also part of the Men of Letters series - this time honouring Shafiq-ur-Rahman, a Pakistani humorist and a short-story writer of Urdu language. He was one of the most illustrious writers of the Urdu speaking world. Like western Mark Twain and Stephen Leacock, he has given enduring pleasure to his readers. He was awarded the Hilal-e-Imtiaz for his military and civilian services after his death.

The Rs 8 commemorative stamp was issued by Pakistan Post on 6 June 2013 was to honour the great service rendered by Shafiq-ur-Rehman for the Urdu literature.

14. The fourteenth stamp of the year was also part of the Men Letter series - this time honouring Mumtaz Mufti, a prominent name in the development of Urdu language literature in Pakistan. In the beginning of his literary career, he was had a non-conformist approach towards his literary work. However, later impressed by Qudrat Ullah Shahab, he changed over to Sufism. The two phases of his life are witnessed by his autobiographies, Ali Pur Ka Aeeli and Alakh Nagri. Ali Pur Ka Aeeli is an account of a lover who challenged the social taboos of his times, and Alakh Nagri is an account of an acolyte who greatly influenced by the mysticism of Qudrat Ullah Shahab.

The Rs 8 commemorative stamp bearing portrait of Mumtaz Mufti was issued by Pakistan Post on 12 June 2013.
15. The fifteenth stamp of the year was also part of the Men of Letters series. Whenever Urdu literature is talked of, the name of Ashfaq Ahmed is never missing. This Rs 8 commemorative stamp issued by Pakistan Post on 12 June 2013 is to honour the great services rendered by Ashfaq Ahmed for giving a new dimension to the Urdu literature.
16. Like Shafiq-ur-Rehman, Ibne-e-Insha too is a humorist travelogue writer, columnist and leftist Urdu poet.. A Rs 8 commemorative stamp was issued by Pakistan Post on 15 June 2013 to commemorate the services rendered by Insha for the development of Urdu literature in Pakistan.
17. On the 60th year of creation of All Pakistan News Papers Society (APNS) a Rs 8 commemorative stamp was issued by Pakistan Post on 20 June  2013.
18. A Rs 8 commemorative stamp was issued by Pakistan Post on 30 July 2013 in the honour of Pir Meher Ali Shah, who was a Sufi scholar, and known to his followers as a saint, and revered as the Pir of Golra Sharif..
19. A Rs 108 commemorative stamp was issued by Pakistan Post on 3 September 2013 on the eve of the launching ceremony of PNS Aslaf of Pakistan - the first indigenously built F-22P frigate.
20. Noor Jahan was a legendary singer and actress in British India and Pakistan. She was renowned as one of the greatest and most influential singers of her time in South Asia and was given the honorific title of Malika-e-Tarannum - the queen of melody. For her illustrious career spread over decades she is sometimes also referred to the like of Ume-e-Kulsoom of Egypt.

A Rs 8 commemorative stamp was issued by Pakistan post on 21 September 2013 to honour Noor Jahan's services to the music.
21. Jon Elia was a notable Pakistani Urdu-language poet, philosopher, biographer, and scholar. He acquired knowledge of philosophy, logic, Islamic history, the Muslim Sufi tradition, Muslim religious sciences, Western literature, and Kabbala. His synthesis of this knowledge into his poetry differentiates him from his modern contemporaries.

A Rs 8 commemorative stamp was issued by Pakistan post on 9 November 2013 in his honour as part of the Men of Letter series.
22. A Rs 25 commemorative stamp was issued by Pakistan Post on 11 May 2013 on the eve of Two Decades of Extended Cooperation Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO).
23. Pakistan Post issued a commemorative postage stamp of Rs 10 denomination in the ‘Poets of Pakistan’ series, in tribute of legendary poetess Perveen Shakir, on 26 December - the 19th death anniversary of this versatile accomplished poet. Her first and the most popular book, “Khushboo” (Fragrance) was published in 1976. Later, Shakir, who was also a civil servant, published four more books. She also published a collection of her poetry by the title “Mah-e Tammam” (The Full Moon).

Perveen Shakir died in a car accident in Islamabad in 1994, aged 42.
24. The last postage stamp of the year 2013 by Pakistan Post was issued on 28 December on the eve of 150 Years of Faithful Service Pakistan Bible Society. 

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Random stamps of Imperial Iran

I have earlier on shared stamps both Imperial Iran and post Islamic revolution era Iran in my earlier posts. Today I am sharing some random stamps of Imperial Iran issued in the 1960/70s.

A golden stamp issued on the eve of coronation of King Reza Shah Pehalvi and Queen Farah Deeba - 1967

Nurses Day stamp - 1966

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Pakistan Post remembers Death Anniversary of Nasir Kazmi (Men of Letters)

Pakistan Post issued the first stamp of the year 2013 on the eve of death anniversary of Nasir Kazmi, the famous Urdu language poet.  The Rs. 15 stamp bearing head portrait of Nasir Kazmi on 2nd March 2013.

Kazmi was born on 8 December 1925 at Ambala, Haryana of the undivided British India.

Kazmi, an Urdu poet of Pakistan and one of the greatest poets of this era, especially in the use of "ista'aaray" and "chhotee beher". Nasir Kazmi initially took up journalism as editor of Auraq-e-Nau and then became editor-in-chief of the magazine Humayun in 1952. Later he was associated with Radio Pakistan, Lahore and other literary publications and organisations.

Kazmi started his poetic life in 1940 by following the style of Akhtar Sherani and wrote romantic poems and sonnets. Later he began writing ghazals under the guidance of Hafeez Hoshyarpuri. He was a great admirer of Mir Taqi Mir and probably the melancholy and "Ehsaas-e-Mehroomi" in his poetry was a direct result of that admiration. His tutor in poetry was Hafeez Hoshyarpuri, who himself used a lot of symbols from nature in his poems.

One of Nasir's famous ghazal which was sung by Noor Jehan

Nasir Kazmi was a regular visitor of the famous Pak Tea House at Mall Road, Lahore and would be often found strolling on the footpath around the Pak Tea House with his friends. Few people know that he did some great translations of English poets, especially his translation of Walt Whitman's "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" by the title of "Brooklyn Ghaat Ke Paar" is a real masterpiece and worth reading.

A few days before his death, Kazmi said in a television interview with Intezaar Hussain:
'Horse riding, hunting, wandering in a village, walk along the river side, visiting mountains etc. were my favourite pastimes and probably this was the time when my mind got nourishment for loving nature and getting close to the expression of poetry.'
'All my hobbies are related with fine arts, like singing, poetry, hunting, chess, love of birds, love of trees etc. ... I started poetry because I used to reflect that all the beautiful things those I see, and those in nature are not in my hands, and they go away from me. Few moments, that time which dies, cannot be made alive. I think can be alive in poetry, that is why I (Nasir) started poetry!'
He got his poetry published in 12 volumes during his lifetime. Nasir breathed his last in Lahore on 2nd March 1972.

References: Wikipedia
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