Saturday, August 27, 2011

Theme Specific Stamps - Mustafa Kemal Atatürk


Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (19 May 1881 -10 November 1938) the first President of modern Turkey, is credited for being the founder of the Republic of Turkey. His contribution to help Turkey rise from the crumbling Ottoman Empire and transform it into a progressive and developing coutnry of Asia and Europe are priceless.

Following the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in World War I, he led the Turkish national movement in the Turkish War of Independence. Having established a provisional government in Ankara, he defeated the forces sent by the Allies. His military campaigns gained Turkey independence. Atatürk then embarked upon a program of political, economic, and cultural reforms, seeking to transform the former Ottoman Empire into a modern, westernized and secular nation-state. 

He is role model for many progressive leaders of the world and is revered the world over. Many Postal Authorities around the world, besides Turkey, have issued commemorative stamps befitting the personality of one of the greatest statesmen of history of the modern world. Some of the stamps bearing Atatürk's portrait are given herein under:-



Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and Pakistan Post

In Pakistan, Turkey is respected widely by majority of the people of Pakistan. Likewise Mustafa Kemal Atatürk is also respected and loved by many for bringing Turkey out of the depression and making it one of the greatest nations of the world. 

Pakistan Post has issued commemorative stamps on Mustafa Kemal Atatürk on a number of occasions. Some of the stamps and FDCs are given herein under: