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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