Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Postage Stamps of Pakistan - 2001

In 2001, Pakistan Post issued stamps on 20 different occasions. 2001 was also declared as the Year of Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, to pay rich tribute to the service of the the founding father of Pakistan. 
The first stamp of the year was issued on 14th January 2001 part of the Poets of Pakistan Series - Abul Asar Hafeez Jalandhari, Rs 2.00 bearing portrait of Hafeez Jalandhari. 

Abul Asar Hafeez Jalandhari has the honour of writing the lyrics of the national Anthem of Pakistan. On 13 August 1954, Hafeez Jalandhari sang his own written National anthem on Radio Pakistan, which had 15 lines. Later the anthem was composed in the form of chorus, sung by Shameem Bano, Kaukab Jahan, Rasheeda Begum, Najam Ara, Naseema Shaheen, Ahmed Rushdie, Zawar Hussain, Akhtar Abbas, Ghulam Daastagir, Anwar Zaheer and Akhtar Wasi Ali. The entire anthem is for 80 seconds and some 38 instruments were used in its recording. The first colour film with flag and anthem was produced on January 19th, 1955 in USA. [Pakistanpaedia]
 20th March 2001: Habib Bank A.G. Zurich Rs. 5.00 multicoloured stamp showing building and Emblem of Habib Bank
 29th March 2001: Inauguration of Chashma Nuclear Power Plant. Rs. 4.00 stamp showing the Power Plant and Emblem
9th April, 2001: A set of two stamps was issued on the eve of 9th SAF Games (Pre-Launching). The Rs. 4.00 each stamps carried the logo and emblem of the SAF games
12th May, 2001: A set of three stamps were issued to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Pakistan - China Friendship. All stamps of Rs. 4.00 value showed China and Pakistan Costumes, China Painting with Pakistan and China flags in the background and a Pakistani painting.
14th August  2001: Year 2001 was celebrated as the Year of the Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founding father of Pakistan showing his portrait. The stamp was of Rs. 4.00 value. The stamp was issued on the independence day of Pakistan.
On 6th September, 2001 - the defence Day of Pakistan, a set of two stamps of Rs. 4.00 value each was issued to pay complements to the martyrs of Pakistan Armed Forces and recipients of the Nishan-e-Haider, the highest military gallantry award. The stamps bore portraits of Majors Shabbir Sharif (Shaheed) and Major Muhammad Akram (Shaheed)
 On 22nd September 2001 a Rs. 4.00 value stamp was issued on the holding of the Sindh Festival showing Sindh Live Hall and insignia
Continuing with the Poets of Pakistan series, a Rs. 5.00 value stamp was issued on 25th September 2001 remembering Khawaja Ghulam Farid.

Year 2001 was the United Nations' Year of Dialogue Among Civilization
On 9th October a Rs. 4.00 multicoloured stamp was issued on the occasion showing Sky and a cartoon
On the theme of Men of Letters Series, a Rs. 5.00 stamp was issued 13th October to honour Dr. Imtiaz Ali Taj.
On the eve of 10th Anniversary of Independence Day of brotherly Islamic country Turkmenistan, a Rs. 5.00 stamps was issued on 27th October depicting portrait of the president and flag of Turkmenistan.
Peppermint is one of the many Medicinal plants found in Pakistan. On 12th November this Rs. 4.00 multicolored stamp was issued showing the Peppermint plant.
Covent of Jesus and Marry is a major landmark of Lahore Pakistan. On its 125th year of establishment, a Rs 4.00 value stamp was issued o 15th November 2001.
Continuing with the Men of Letters series, a Rs. 4.00 value stamp was issued on 20th November in remembrance of Dr Ishtiaq Hussain Qureshi
Pakistan abounds in wild life and has many living and endangered species found throughout the country. On 26th November a set of four stamps was issued showing Blue Throat, Hoopoe, Pin Tailed Sand grouse and Magpie Robin. All stamps of Rs. 4.00 value
2nd November marked the 30th Anniversary of establishment of Pakistan - UAE Diplomatic Relations. Two stamps were issued on the day, one showing the Friendship handshake with flags of both countries in the background and the second stamp bore the portraits of the founding figures of both countries:  Shiekh Zaid Bin Sultan & Quid-i-Azam
29th December 2001 was the Golden Jubilee of the establishment of Nishter Medical College, Multan. The rs. 5.00 stamp showing the Nishter Medical College Building was issued on the occasion.

Continuing to celebrate the Year of the Quid e  Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, two sets of stamps were issued on the birthday of the revered founding father of the nation. [Read a brief on Quaid E Azam at Pakistanpaedia.]
A set of three stamps showing three hallmark occasions in the life of newly born Pakistan: (1) Quaid Taking Oath as as Governor of Pakistan on 14th August 1947, (2) Quaid inaugurating the newly established building of the State Bank of Pakistan by Opening its main entrance on 1st July 1948, (3) Quaid taking the salute of the march past of an army contingent on 15th April 1948.
A set of two stamps was issued showing Quaid visiting two famous regiments of Pakistan Air Defence, the 5 Heavy and 6 Light Air Defence Regiments at Malir Cantonment on 21st February 1948 - The second stamp shows visit of the Quid to the Heavy Air Defence Regiment.
The last stamp of the year was issued on 28th December on the eve of Golden Jubilee of Pakistan Ordnance Factories, POF Wah. The stamp depicted army ranks and weapons

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