Sunday, June 9, 2019

Pakistan Postage Stamps - 1997: The Year of Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Creation of Pakistan

The Year 1997 was a year to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the creation of Pakistan as carved out of the British India on 14th August 1947. To befittingly commemorate the occasion,  Pakistan Post issued a beautiful set of four stamps on 14th August honouring the four stalwart Muslim leaders of the time who made it possible to obtain independence for the majority of Muslims living in the British India.

On top right corner, the stamp bears the portrait of Dr (Ph D) Allama Muhammad Iqbal, the poet philosopher and politician, who dreamed of an independent Muslim country and invited Mr Muhammad Ali Jinnah (top left) to leave Indian Congress and join All India Muslim League and lead the movement for attainment of his dream. Mr Jinnah then along with leading Muslim notables and politicians like Liaquat Ali Khan (bottom right, who later became the first prime minister of Pakistan) and many others, in the honour of whom a number of stamps have been already issued in the Pioneer of Freedom Series stamps since 1990, and forced the British to create Pakistan once it seemed inevitable that the End to British Empire in British India has finally nearing. And o 14th August 1947, Pakistan was created as an independent Muslim country.

Mohtarma (Lady) Fatima Jinnah (bottom left), younger sister of Muhammad Ali Jinnah stood side by side his brother and spearheaded the movement leading the Muslim women section of the All India Muslim League. After the independence of Pakistan, Jinnah co-founded the Pakistan Women's Association which played an integral role in the settlement of the women migrants in the newly formed country. She continued to play an active role in the politics of Pakistan till her demise.

Rest of the stamps issued in the year are as under:
 13. February: Poets of Pakistan Series - Faiz Ahmed Faiz
Faiz Ahmed Faiz (13 February 1911 – 20 November 1984) was a Pakistani leftist poet and author, and one of the most celebrated writers of the Urdu language. Among other accolades, Faiz was nominated for Nobel Prize in Literature and won the Lenin Peace Prize in 1962. His work remains influential in Pakistan literature and arts. Faiz's literary work was posthumously publicly honoured when the Pakistan Government conferred upon him the nation's highest civil award, Nishan-e-Imtiaz, in 1990. [Wikipedia]
 23. March: Special Summit Conference of Organization of Islamic Countries, Islamabad
 8. April: The 660th Anniversary of the Birth of Timur, 1336-1405
Muhammad Iqbal and Jalal ud-Din Rumi are two prominent poets of Pakistan and Iran. On 21. April, Pakistan and Iran issued a joint set of stamps and an FDC honouring the two great poets of Persian language.
The joint stamps issued by Iran
 8. May  Fruits of Pakistan Series  - Malus domestica (Apple)
 11. July: World Population Day
 29. July: The 40th Anniversary of International Atomic Energy Agency Organization or IAEA
 Continuing with the series of stamps on Pioneers of Freedom, a set of two stamps was issued on 14th August to honour two of the pioneers of freedom: Ms Salma Tassduq and M. Ayub Khuroo.

 23. September: The 75th Anniversary of Lahore College for Women
 22. October: Medicinal Plants of Pakistan series - Allium sativum (Garlic)
 29. October: Wildlife Series - Lophophorus impejanus (Monal Pheasant)
15. November: The 10th Anniversary of the Signing of the Montreal Protocol to Protect the Ozone Layer
 26. November: Pakistan Motorway Project Lahore-Islamabad Section
3. December: International Day for the Disabled 
30. December: The 150th Anniversary of Karachi Grammar School

References: | 1 | 2 | 3 | Pakistanpaedia |
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Friday, June 7, 2019

Pakistan Postage Stamps - 1996

Not many stamps were issued during 1996 by Pakistan Post unlike all previous years. This years, stamps were issued only six times during the year. 
The year started with the issuance of two stamps and a souvenir sheet on 4. April on the 17th Anniversary of the Death of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, 1928-1979.
3. August: The 100th Anniversary of Modern Olympic Games and Olympic Games - Atlanta, USA. The Souvenir Sheet included stamps showing portrait of Pierre De Coubertin & Olympic Emblem, Boxing, Hockey and Wrestling 
[Photo/reference: Wikipedia]
Charles Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin, 1896–1925, was a French educator and historian, and founder of the International Olympic Committee, and its second President. He is considered one of the fathers of the modern Olympic Games.
14. August: Pioneers of Freedom - Allama Abdullah Yousuf Ali

 21. August: Restoration of National Heritage
8. September: International Literacy Day
25. November: Medicinal Plants of Pakistan series - Achillea millefolium

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Pakistan Postage Stamps - 1995

The year 1995 began with the issuance of a Rs.4 denomination stamp on the eve of 20th anniversary of the World Tourism Organization. The stamp showed the ruins of Mohenjo Daro, the Lahore Fort and its famous Naulakha Pavilion, which was once at the back of Re.1 note for many decades, the seal and famous statue of the Priest King, who is the iconic representation of Indus civilization.
The statue dates to 2200-1900 BC and was found at the Mohenjo Daro archaeological site.
14 February: Campaign to Save the Juniper Forests at Ziarat
28. February: Poets of Pakistan series - Khushal Khan Khattak
14. March: The 3rd Economic Cooperation Organization Summit, Islamabad
15. April: Wild life series (reptiles of Pakistan) - Snakes: Bungarus caeruleus, Naja naja, Python molurus, and Vipera russelli
20. April:  International Earth Day
22. May: Traditional Means of Transport and Communication (Victoria of Karachi) - Read More
1. August: The 1st Muslim Women Parliamentarians' Conference, Islamabad, showing Prime Ministers Tansu Ciller (Turkey) and Benazir Bhutto (Pakistan)
14. August: Pioneers of Freedom Series - Maulana Shaukat Ali, Chaudhry Ghulam Abbas

1. September: Wildlife Series (Butterflies) - Erasmie, Catogramme,  Ixias, Haliconie
1. September: Wildlife Series - Fish: Sardine, Tilapia, Ptout, Rohu

6. September: Defense Day of Pakistan (Nishan e-Haider Series) - The 30th Anniversary of the martyrdom of Major Raja Aziz Bhatti, 1928-1965
8. September: The 100th Anniversary of Presentation Convent School, Rawalpindi
15. September: The 4th World Conference on Women, Beijing
28. September: The 100th Anniversary of the Death of Louis Pasteur, 1822-1895
Louis Pasteur was a French biologist, microbiologist and chemist renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurization. He is remembered for his remarkable breakthroughs in the causes and prevention of diseases, and his discoveries have saved many lives ever since.
28. September: New Deffinitive Series Easter Patterns 
1. October: The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Liaquat Ali Khan, 1895-1951, the first prime minister of Pakistan
16. October: The 50th Anniversary of Food and Agriculture Organization
24. October:  The 50th Anniversary of United Nations
The stamp shows medical team of Pakistan Army on UN Mission in Somalia. Pakistan is one of the leading countries of the world in providing forces to UN Missions.
3. November The 82nd Anniversary of Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore
30 November International Conference of Writers and Intellectuals, Islamabad
8. December  The 10th Anniversary of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation or SAARC
14. December National Water Sports Gala, Karachi
16. December The 20th Anniversary of Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad
31. December The 25th Anniversary of Balochistan University, Quetta
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