Saturday, August 29, 2009

My first cover from Pakistan!

For today's posting, I would like to share with you my first cover from Pakistan. This was sent by an ICCC member, Ehsan Ur Rehman. Thank you very much! The two pairs of triangular stamps franked on the right corner of this lovely cover are part of a set of 4 stamps from the "National Year of Environment" series. They were issued on 23 March 2009. The four designs in this series can be seen on the left corner of this FDC envelope. They depict a Chukar, Deodar, Markhor and Jasmine. And here are the stamps.
2009 has been formally titled "The National Year of Environment" in Pakistan. Like all countries, Pakistan is facing a number of environmental challenges due to accelerated economic and demographic changes. The unsustainable rate of population growth, dependency on natural resources, and lake of awareness is gradually leading to over-exploitation and ultimately, environmental degradation.

The aims and objectives of the National Year of Environment is to raise awareness among the common masses regarding environmental issues and creating support for attitudinal changes for an environment-friendly Pakistan.

The Rs.2 stamp belongs to the "Golden Jubilee of the First ascent of Nanga Parbat", issued on 6 October 2003. Nanga Parbat is the ninth highest mountain on Earth. It lies just south of the Indus River in the Astore District of the Northern Areas in Pakistan in Pakistan administered Kashmir. The first ascent was made by Austrian climber Hermann Buhl on 3 July 1953.

Lastly, we have a definitive stamp issued in 1998, representing Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the "father of the nation".
This cover was postmarked on 19 August 2009 in Islamabad, Pakistan and took 7 days to travel an estimated distance of 4,811kms to reach me.
That's all folks! Have a great weekend!

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