Monday, October 26, 2009

My third cover from Pakistan!

Many thanks to Ehsan Ur Rehman for this lovely cover sent from Islamabad, Pakistan!
This cover is actually a FDC commemorating the 60th Anniversary of diplomatic relationship between Pakistan & the Philippine in 2009.
To make up for the postage, Rehman used another 4 stamps. As previously discussed, the first stamp franked from the right belongs to the "Muhammad Ali Jinnah" definitive stamp issued in 1998.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah (1876 – 1948) was a lawyer and politician who fought for the cause of India's independence from Britain, then moved on to found a Muslim state in Pakistan in 1947. Jinnah entered politics in India in 1905 and by 1917 his charisma and diplomacy had made him a national leader and the most visible supporter of Hindu-Muslim unity. His strong belief in gradual and peaceful change was in contrast to the civil disobedience strategies of Mohandas Gandhi, and in the '20s Jinnah broke from the Indian National Congress to focus on an independent Muslim state. In 1940 he demanded a separate nation in Pakistan and by 1947 he somehow managed to get it from the British and India. Through civil wars, a rotten economy and millions of displaced refugees, Quaid-i-Azam Jinnah ("great leader") pretty much built a country from scratch.
The Rs.10 stamp was issued on 8 March 2007 to commemorate the International Women's day. The IWD is a major day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women.
Next, we have two beautiful stamps from the "Medicinal Plants of Pakistan" series, issued on 28 October 2006. They depicts Chamomilla and Aloe vera.

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