Friday, August 9, 2019

Index - Postage Stamps of Pakistan: 2001 Onward

This is our third and continuing index of postage stamps issued by Pakistan Post from year 2001 till date.
Year 2001 was declared as the Year of Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to pay rich tribute to the founder of Pakistan. 
Year 2002 was declared as the Year of Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal, to pay rich tribute to the poet philosopher and dreamer of Pakistan.
Year 2003 was declared as the Year of Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah. Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah, sister of the founder the nation Muhammad Ali Jinnah (Quaid e Azam) took active part in the independence movement spearheaded by her brother for an independent Muslim country for the Muslims of British India.
2004, besides many other important occasions on which Pakistan Post issued commemorative stamps. it was also the the year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first successful ascent of K-2, the second highest mountain after Mt. Everest and one of the five Eight Thousanders (out of total a 14 the world over) located in Pakistan.  
 23 April 2005: 85th Anniversary of Turkish Grand National Assembly

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and Muhammad Ali Jinnah are two great Muslim leaders who are revered and honoured by their countries and the world for laying down foundation of their countries. The set of stamps issued on the occasion of 85th Anniversary of Turkish Grand National Assembly showed portraits of both these great leaders.
The Year 2006 was a year when Pakistan Post issued a set of ten stamps dedicated to the  some of the finest artists and painters of Pakistan, a few of which are revered and respected the world over.

Year 2007 was a milestone year in the history of Pakistan towards self reliance when the jointly produced JF-17 Thunder was first publicly flown in Pakistan. To commemorate the occasion, a commemorative stamp issued during 2007

Year 2008 was a Benazir Bhutto remembrance year who succumbed to a terrorist act a year earlier. A number of stamps were issued throughout the year to pay tribute to the Daughter of the East.
Pakistan has been long drawn into a battle against the terrorists and miscreants, specially targeting the North Western Province of Pakistan. The people of the area suffered both in terms of human and material losses but stood like a rock to fight back the militancy and supported the armed forces of the country to root out the evil of terrorism from their soil.
A special award called " Hilal-i-Iessar" or the Crescent of Sacrifice was awarded in 2009 to cities of Nowshehra, Peshawar, Swabi, Mardan and Charsdda - which were worst hit by the menace of terrorism. This set of five stamps was issued on 22nd Feb 2010, which bore the name of these cities and the flag of Pakistan inscribed with the words:  Hilal-i-Iessar.
The last stamp of the year 2015 showed the British days Victorian style GPO building of Murree on 29 December 2015. Murree is one of the most visited hill station just two hours distance from capital Islamabad.


The first stamp of the year 2016 was issued on 10 February, 2016 on Completion of 50 Years of Safe Operation of 1st NUCLEAR RE-SEARCH REACTOR in Pakistan - established at Nilore, a village near the capital city of Pakistan, Islamabad in 1966.
Continue seeing Pakistan Postage stamps in other two indexes indexes:
  • Index: Pakistan Postage Stamps issued from 1947-1971
  • Index: Pakistan Postage Stamps issued from 1972-2000
Pakistan Postage Stamps since 1947 have been published in our two blogs and website on Pakistan:
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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Index: Pakistan Postage Stamps - 1972-2000

This is the second Index of Postage Stamps of Pakistan. The first Index covered the period since Independence of Pakistan in 1947 after partition of the erstwhile British India into two sovereign states of Pakistan (consisting of two wings; East and West Pakistan) and India. 1971 was the last year when Pakistan Post printed stamps for both wings of Pakistan, i.e. the East and West Pakistan.
 
The Last stamp with Pakistan written in Bengali (left - 1972) - The First stamp without Bengali (right 1973)

From 1972, there was only one Pakistan after the East Pakistan became Bangladesh in December 1971.  However, the word "Pakistan" written in Bengali continued on Pakistan postage stamps throughout in 1972 and from 1973 the Bengali script was done away with.

This second Index covers a period of 1972-2000.
The Independence Day Day stamp on 14th August 1973 was issued on the historic event of passing  and adoption of the constitution of Pakistan.

The hallmark event of the year 1974 was the holding of the second Islamic Summit Conference at Lahore February 22-24 ,1974. The conference was a memorable occasion as some of the unique and always remembered Kings, heads of the state and foreign ministers attended the conference. These included King Faisal of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, Libyan Arab Republic President, Mohammad Muammer Gaddafi, President Houari Boumedienne of Algeria,  President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Abdul Razzak, Indonesian Foreign Prime Minister of Bangladesh Mujib ur Rehman, Minister Adam Malik, Mr. Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization and others. Prime Minister of Pakistan Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto was the host on behalf of the people of Pakistan.
To commemorate the historic event, Pakistan Post issued two stamps. Read details of the conference and the agenda here.
The year 1976 was the birth centenary of father of the nation, Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, born 25 December 1876 in Karachi. A special stamp was issued on 25th December 1976 which contained 25 m.g of 23/24 carat gold (as shown above).
9th November 1977: Birth Centenary of Dr Muhammad Iqbal - The stamps showed two paintings by Behzad (of denomination Paisa 20 and 65), two stamps (of denomination Rs. 1.25 and 2.25) showing verses of the Iqbal and central stamp (Rs. 3.00 denomination) showed portrait of the poet philosopher.
Year 1980 commenced with the publishing of a stamp to commemorate the 25th Anniversary (1855-1980)of the national flag carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on 10th January 1980. The airline commenced international services in 1955 to London, via Cairo and Rome. PIA was the first non-communist airline to fly to China and was the second Asian airline to acquire jet aircraft by inducting a Boeing 707.  In 2004, PIA became the launch customer of the Boeing 777-200LR.
The Karakoram Mountain Range is the pride of Pakistan. It is also known as the highest mountain range of the world since it houses seven peaks over 26,000 feet and thirty others over 25,000 feet. That is on an average the Karakoram tops are 25,000 feet and above. In Pakistan, four of the fourteen Eight Thousanders are located in the Karakoram mountain range, including the K-2, second highest peak after Mt Everest. Pakistan Post published stamps of these four peaks during the year 1981.

The hallmark of the year's activities in 1983 was the issuance of a massive six stamps sheet (containing two rows of six stamps each) on the eve of the  International Stamp Exhibition "PAKPHILEX '83" - showing the cultural landscape of the old city of Lahore as seen in 1852.
1984 to celebrate the 20 years of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) became the first airlines outside the then Communist Bloc to fly to China and later to operate a service between Asia and Europe via Moscow. Since then the air link to China is one of the premier routes of PIA. A commemorative stamp was issued to mark the 20th anniversary of the inaugural flight to Peking, now Beijing.
1985 was a great year for Pakistan for its Hockey Team bagged the 1985 Asia Cup held at Dhaka to earn its grand slam by winning three world titles simultaneously. It had already won the World Cup title in 1982 held at Bombay, India, followed by the 1984 Olympic title at L A, USA. Pakistan Post rightly credited the National Hockey Team by issuing a commemorative stamp to celebrate the grand slam.
The beautiful Marco Polo sheep, Ovis ammon polii, with their large size and spiraling horns, are "near threatened" species. This beautiful sheep lives mainly in the northwestern part of the Hunza district of Pakistan along the Chinese border, inhabiting the northwestern area of Khunjerab National Park.  In order to create awareness of their "near threatened" status and save these beautiful sheep from extinct, Pakistan Post issued a special commemorative stamp during 1986.
Pakistan Air Force is one of the mst formidable, battle hardened air forces of the world. It started with a very humble background and equipment at the time of the independence of Pakistan. Just in three decades it grew from turboprop to jet engine fighter aircraft like F-86s Sabers in the 1950s to F-140s (the first country outside NATO to acquire these faster than the speed of sound Starfighters) in the 1960s and F-16s in the 1980s. Pakistan Post issued a 10-stamps sheet covering the period of its evolution to its maturity covering a period of 1947-1987.
The Suleiman Markhor (Capra falconeri jerdoni) is species of markhor which is found away from the Karakoram and the Himalayas in the south of the Gumal River, mainly in the Sulaiman range and the Torghar Hills of the Toba-Kakar range (District Zhob), and in the Takatu Hills (District Quetta). On  29 October, Pakistan Post in its Wildlife Series (Fauna) issued a special stamp of Capra falconeri jerdoni or the Suleiman Markhor.
The famous and influential seat of high learning in Asia, Government College, Lahore is situated in the heart of city. Not only it is the oldest college in Pakistan, it is also one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the Muslim world. On 27th December 1989 on the eve of 125 years of the Government College, Pakistan post published a Rs.6 denomination stamp showing the massive structure of the college building.


The second portion of this second index covers period of 11 years from years 1990 to 2000:
1990 marked the 50th Anniversary of passing of the famous Lahore Resolution on 23rd March 1940 which paved the way for the attainment of independent Pakistan seven years later. To commemorate the day, four stamps were issued by Pakistan Post.
Allah Baksh will was the man who immortalized our rural life, and specially of the Punjab, Pakistan – the land where he was born in 1885 in the small town of Wazirabad. His very near-to-life life-size paintings are full of colour, life and people that forces an onlooker to stop in his tracks and appreciate his masterly work of art. 

To honour this great maestro of art, Pakistan Post in its series of stamps on Painters of Pakistan, issued this commemorative stamp on 29th December 1991.
Year 1992 was a great year for Pakistan for it was this year when Pakistan Cricket Team under Imran Khan won its first Cricket World Cup title. The final was played on 25 March 1992 at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia, and finished with Pakistan beating England by 22 runs in the final to become the World Cup champions for the first time. This was Imran Khan's last ODI. Wasim Akram was declared as the player of the match.
1994 was a great year for Pakistan for it was the year when Pakistan defeated the Netherlands 1–1 (4–3 on penalties) in the final of the World Hockey Cup to lift the trophy. The Pakistan Post thus issued its last stamp of the year on 31st December to commemorate the feats of hockey team of Pakistan which had the distinct honour of having won the World Cup Hockey championship four times; 1971, 1978, 1982 and the current year 1994.
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.
1998 was the 50th death anniversary of  Muhammad Ali Jinnah. the Quaid-e-Azam, the founder of Pakistan. On this occasion a befitting stamp of Rs. 15 showing the portrait of Mr Jinnah on a sheet showing the complete portrait of the great Quaid was issued on 11th September. 
1999 marked the first anniversary of Pakistan's testing its nuclear devices on 28th May 1998 in Ras Koh Hills in the Chagai District of Balochistan Province. The tests made Pakistan the seventh nation to possess nuclear weapons, and the first in the Muslim world. 
Celebrating the 53rd Anniversary of founding of Pakistan, a massive landscape was painted on a sheet of four stamps showing the immigration of refugees into Pakistan on and around 14th August 1947. The influx continued even months after the independence. 

Continue seeing Pakistan Postage stamps in other two indexes indexes:
  • Index: Pakistan Postage Stamps issued from 1947-1971
  • Index: Pakistan Postage Stamps issued from 2001 till date
Pakistan Postage Stamps since 1947 have been published in our two blogs and website on Pakistan:
Originally posted at our sister blog My Philatelic World
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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

When I am 64


Music is a very captivating hobby, for it can take you back in your memory lane and flash your life in fast forward. Or it can take you into the future. My post today is about one such song that took me into my future almost four decades ago. 

It was early 1972, when I, in my very teens, walked up to a nearby market, called Hall Road in Lahore, one day to buy a prized double jacketed freshly arrived LP of the Beatles: The Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band. Although, the album had been released somewhere in 1966 or 1967, but it was made available in market in Pakistan in 1972. 
The glistering and glowing double jacket of the album was fascinating with inner side containing portrait of the Beatles clad in the uniform, lyrics on the reverse and the band standing amid famous celebrities of the time. There was someone who was hovering his hand on Paul McCartney's head which later caused a rumor that Paul had died. Well nothing of that sort happened as Paul is still alive along with Ringo Starr, while John Lennon and George Harrison are no more.


Now coming back to the album. All the songs were really musical and entertaining. One of the song that I heard and I just shrugged off at the tender age of 17 was "When I am Sixty Four," by Paul McCartney. I just laughed at myself looking into the future when I would really be 64, for I was young, enterprising, with a full life ahead.

Well I was mistaken !!





The time and tide did not wait for me to be frozen to let me continue enjoying my carefree teenage and years started to roll by and there came 2019 when on 7 August I turn 64. Frankly speaking I had waited all these years since 1972 to be 64, which God willing I am today, and thought of writing this post. 

And I do it with a tinge of melancholy for my youth has just gone so quickly, in fact earlier than I thought when I was seventeen. Incidentally, although the theme is ageing, it was one of the first songs McCartney wrote, when he was 16, and included it in the album Sgt. Pepper in December 1966 because his father turned 64 earlier that year.

Join me in listening to the original score "When I'm 64" sung by Beatles' Paul McCartney - for it will take me back four decades before, while if some teen is reading this post will shrug off this post and song as rubbish and too early to be worried about:
But let me , timtell youe flies faster than we think !!

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Top 10 Biggest RC Planes Ever !!


It was way back in the 1960s when I first came to know about the RC airplanes. One of my elder brothers had a flare for assembling kits of airplanes made of balsa wood and paper. He would artfully assemble his airplane kits and then we used to go to an abandoned air strip some distance away from our home where he used to fly the airplanes with the remote control gadgets.

Another friend of my elder brother, who was equally RC planes enthusiast, would join in for competition of how far their planes could go before getting out of the RC gadgets range. Sometimes the airplanes would crash and were brought back for reassembling and made flight worthy again.



Bu that was some six decades ago. Since then, the technology of making RC planes has undergone tremendous change and so has the range of the RC gadgets. While ordinary enthusiasts still fly smaller planes, there are professional hobbyists who go for bigger and bigger birds. And some planes really look tremendous and majestic when in the air. I came across this video of 10 biggest toy air planes and was really fascinated to see giant toy plane models taking off, flying, maneuvering and then landing. Do watch the video below and you will be amazed - really amazed !!
Have you seen these before?

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Philately: Index Pakistan Postage Stamps - 1947 to 1971

Pakistan surfaced as an independent sovereign country on 14 August 1947 after the division of British India into India and Pakistan. For an initial period of almost one year, Pakistan Post used the stamps of British India with "Pakistan" overprinted on these.

On 9th July 1948, the Pakistan Post issued a set of four commemorative stamps with a face value of One and a Half, Two and a Half and 3 Anas and Re.1.
The stamps pictured above bore the photographs of Assembly Building (Karachi), Karachi Airport and Lahore Fort. The fourth stamp (Rupee. 1) bore a Crescent and Star with word “Pakistan” written inside the crescent and the word Long Live Pakistan, written on the lower border. Both inscriptions were in Urdu. This stamp was designed by the famous water colour maestro Abdul Rehman Chughtai.
Sardar Abdur-Rab Nishter and Musarrat Hussain Zuberi showing the set of first postage stamps to Liaquat Ali Khan, the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Other than the Re. 1 stamp, the remaining three stamps were designed by two artists: Rasheed-ud-Din and Muhammad Latif.
  • 1948
  • 1949
  • 1950: No new stamps were issued in 1950
  • 1951
  • 1952: In 1952, Pakistan Post issued a set of two Commemorative Stamps only on the eve of   Commemorating 100 Years of Postal Services in Asia - The Scinde Dawk|
From 1961 a new era in Pakistan Post ushers in - read on !!


1960 was the last year of postage stamps of Pakistan with face value in "Ana." The last stamp in Ana denomination was issued on 24th December 1960, bearing the photo of the Zamzamma or the Kim's Gun or the Bhangian de Tope, on the eve of National Scout Jamboree held at Lahore.
From 1st January 1961, Pakistan switched over to the decimal system and the face value of the stamps change from "Ana" to "Paisa". However, the previous stamps overprinted with "Paisa" continued for sometime.
1968 was the end of a golden era of development in Pakistan. From 1958 to 1968 when Pakistan was under a military ruler, the country saw a period of real development in all spheres. Pakistan's economic plans were so versatile and progressive that even Korea borrowed the plans and made their country progressive. To commemorate the decade of development a set of four stamps was issued showing development in various segments of economy of Pakistan.

1971 was the last year when Pakistan Post printed stamps for both wings of Pakistan, i.e. the East and West Pakistan. From 1972, there was only one Pakistan after the East Pakistan became Bangladesh. However, the word "Pakistan" written in Bengali continued on Pakistan postage stamps throughout in 1972 and from 1973 the Bengali scripture was done away with, forever. Incidentally, the last stamp of 1971 was issued on the eve of Pakistan winning the World Hockey Championship title at Barcelona, Spain.

Continue seeing Pakistan Postage stamps through our next two indexes:
  • Index: Pakistan Postage Stamps issued from 1972-2000
  • Index: Pakistan Postage Stamps issued from 2001 till date
Pakistan Postage Stamps since 1947 have been published in our two blogs and website on Pakistan:
Originally posted at our sister blog My Philatelic World
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Monday, February 18, 2019

Bokeh Sunday

The caption of my post my sound unfamiliar for bokeh cannot be a Sunday nor Sunday can be a bokeh for both are different things - but for me the last Sunday, that was yesterday, it made sense. For it was Sunday and I wanted to try the bokeh feature of my One Plus 5T cellphone my son gifted to me awhile ago. So it was a Bokeh Sunday or was it a Beautiful Sunday as was sung by Daniel Boon in 1972 when I was in my teens !!

And thanks to my wife who has maintained a beautiful garden loaded with flowers and trees. Though it is too early for our garden to bloom as spring is still a month away, some dying and blooming flowers and bushes gave me enough canvas to shoot my Bokeh Sunday !!

For those who are not familiar with the word Bokeh, the Wikipedia defines it as: In photography, bokeh (/ˈboʊkeɪ/ BOH-kay;[1] Japanese: [boke]) is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens.

So scroll down and see whether I really made good my Sunday in trying the bokeh feature of my smartphone - I am sure I will get a thumb up from you. And for me it is some achievement as I am just a novice in photography.

Let us start!!



 
 The remains of past glory




Now coming to the roses. Though the season is already ending for the full blown roses, some still remained for me to try on my bokeh Sunday!!
 Yellows

Varying hues
 Monochrome
 White beauty
Cineraria
One thing before I end. While looking for some close ups, I came across this delight - honey bees busy making a Honey Mall. Well that was some excitement for I will have pure bee honey in a short while. And when I shared this photo on Facebook, many friends started collecting bottles to drain out the honey in the making. For the time being I asked them to bring droppers for there would hardly be any honey. But I think in the end it will be looted away and I will left with nothing.
Do tell me my Bokeh photo shots - why don't you share yours?

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