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This is how Pakistan postage stamps were introduced

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Daak.co.in which is a collection of unknown stories, artworks and ideas from women and men who have shaped the Indian subcontinent’s cultural heritage shared a thread on its Twitter account about how Pakistan postage stamps were introduced.

In a tweet Daak said, “A while back we got these photos of an interesting set of stamps by collector Sher Hameed. Even before Independence, he told us, the question of introducing Pakistan postage stamps on the day of establishment of Pakistan (14th August, 1947) was examined.”

As per Daak.ci.in, due to complications in the designing and printing of new postage stamps and the limited time, it was decided that the postage stamps and stationary to be used by the government of Pakistan should be distinguished by overprinting Indian postage stamps with the word Pakistan.

Initially Pakistan continued to use Indian stamps and on 1st October, 1947 Indian stamps, both ordinary and service, overprinted were introduced by the Pakistan Post Office. They were overprinted by the Government of India Security Printing Press at Nasik, India, and later by the Government Presses of Pakistan.

The organization said, “The postage stamps overprinted with “Pakistan” continued for almost the first year of the country’s existence for obvious reasons of designing and printing a new series of national postage stamps.”

The first series of postage stamps issued by Pakistan was released on 9 July, 1948. Devoted to commemoration of independence, it comprised only four values, the highest being of one rupee, Daak further said.

The Karachi Airport entrance, the Lahore Fort Gate, and the motif of the star and crescent with a leafy pattern by artist A.R. Chugtai were the illustration, and all the stamps carried the slogan “Pakistan Zindabad” (long live Pakistan) – a form of prayer for the new born state, Daak said.


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