Monday, May 20, 2019

Pakistan Postage Stamps -1990

23rd March assumes a great importance in the history of making of Pakistan. Although, the struggle for an independent country for the Muslims of British India has been going on for quite sometime before this day, 23rd March 1940 was "The Day' when the famous Lahore Resolution was presented in the meeting of the All India Muslim League at Manto Park, Lahore. The resolution called for independent states as seen by the statement:
That geographically contiguous units are demarcated regions which should be constituted, with such territorial readjustments as may be necessary that the areas in which the Muslims are numerically in a majority as in the North Western and Eastern Zones of (British) India should be grouped to constitute ‘independent states’ in which the constituent units should be autonomous and sovereign.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah's address to the Lahore conference was, according to Stanley Wolpert, the moment when Jinnah, a former proponent of Hindu-Muslim unity, irrevocably transformed himself into the leader of the fight for an independent Pakistan.

it was this day after that the Muslims of India under the leadership of Muhammad Ali Jinnah intensified their efforts for a independent country to be carved out of the British India, called Pakistan. And a seven years country wide effort bore fruits when British decided to leave and divide the subcontinent into two independent countries, Pakistan and India on 14th August 1947.
On the eve of 50th Anniversary of Passing of Pakistan Resolution, Pakistan Post issued four stamps: One set of three stamps showing the history of Pakistan movement: 1- Allama Iqbal Addressing Crowd & Liaqat Ali Khan Taking Oath, 2- Moulana Muhammad Ali Johar, Muhammad Ali Jinnah with Banner and 3- Women with Flag & Muhammad Ali Jinnah Taking Oath as Governor General of Pakistan. The fourth stamps green in colour showed the Flag, Minar e Pakistan and text of the Pakistan Movement Resolution.

It may be added that the Minar e Pakistan was erected, in the 1960, at the site where the Pakistan Resolution was adopted. The park was also renamed as Iqbal Park, after Allama Iqbal who proposed the idea of a separate country for the Muslims of India. His life did not allow him to see the realization of his dream. Read complete details about Pakistan Resolution here.

The other stamps issued during the year are as under:
9. February: The 20th Anniversary of Organization of the Islamic Conference or OIC
On the eve of holding of seventh World Hockey Cup, Lahore, this stamps was issued on 12 February:  - The Netherlands defeated, the hosts, Pakistan 3–1 in the final, with Australia beating out West Germany for third place in extra time, 2–1.
24. March: South Asian Conference for Safe Motherhood, Lahore
19. April: Painters of Pakistan Series - Shakir Ali

Shakir Ali (1916-1975) was a modern Pakistani artist and an art teacher. He joined the famous Mayo School of Art, Lahore as a lecturer in Art in 1954. After changing the name of Mayo School to National College of Arts in 1958, he became its first Pakistani principal in 1962. He is widely known to have inspired cubism among the artists of Lahore. For his services in art, he awarded with President's Pride of Performance award in 1966.[Wikipedia]
26. July: Pakistan's First Experimental Space Satellite, BADR-1

The Badr-1 was Pakistan's first indigenously developed and manufactured digital communications and an experimental artificial satellite which was launched into low Earth orbit by Pakistan on 16 July 1990, through a Chinese rocket carrier. The launch ushered new military, technological, and scientific developments in Pakistan and also provided data on radio-signal distribution in the ionosphere. [Wikipedia]

14. August: Pioneers of Freedom Series

Celebrating the Golden Jubilee of the Pakistan Resolution, Pakistan Post also issued three massive sheets of nine stamps each showing the prominent figure of Pakistan Movement:
Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, Nawab Salimullah, Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah, Aga Khan III, Nawab Mohammad Ismail Khan, Hussain Shaheed Suhrawardy, Syed Ameer Ali
Liaquat Ali Khan, Maulvi A. K. Fazl-ul-Haq, Allama Shabbir Ahmad Usmani, Sardar Abdur Rab Nishtar, Bi Amma, Sir Abdullah Haroon, Chaudhry Rahmat Ali, Raja Sahib of Mahmudabad, Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi
Nawab Mohammad Ismail Khan, Khawaja Nazimuddin, Maulana Obaidullah Sindhi, Sahibzada Abdul Qaiyum Khan, Begum Jahanara Shah Nawaz, Sir Ghulam Hussain Hidayatullah, Qazi Mohammad Isa, Sir M. Shahnawaz Khan Mamdot, Pir Sahib of Manki Sharif,

19. August: Indonesia-Pakistan Economic and Cultural Cooperation or IPECC
8. September: International Literacy Year
22. September: Joint Meeting between Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, and College of Physicians and Surgeons, Pakistan
29. September: U. N. World Summit for Children, New York
21. November: South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation - Year of Girl Child
8. December The 25th Anniversary of Security Papers Limited

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