Pakistan 08/10/22

pakistan-081022front1Today I would like to present you a really extraordinary registered cover from Pakistan, which I received a few weeks ago. It was posted in Karachi on October 22, 2008.

The front side (shown above) has attached the two mini-sheets “Painters of Pakistan Series” (2006) and “US$ 10 Billion Exports ‘2002-03′” (2003). On the front side there are the registered stickers (the yellow one was attached by the Austrian post), a registered mark with handwritten number, and a postage calculation too.

The “Painters” stamp sheet was issued on August 14, 2006. It commemorates the painters Prof. Shakir Ali, Anna Molka Ahmed, Sadequain, Ali Imam, Zubeida Agha, Laila Shahzada, Ahmed Parvez, Bashir Mirza, Zahoorul Akhlaque, and Askari Mian Irani.

The “Exports” stamp sheet was issued on October 20, 2003. It commemorates the “crossing of the psychological barrier of U.S. $ 10 billion in Pakistan’s exports.” (read more)

pakistan-081022backThe back side has attached the three mini-sheets “29th Martyrdom Anniversary of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto”, “Golden Jubilee First Ascent of K2”, and “55th Birthday Celebrations of Benazir Bhutto”. In addition there are five different stamps depicting the fish Black Widow Tetra (Gymnocorymbus ternetzi), Yellow Dwarf Cichlid (Apistogramma borrellii), and Tiger Barb (Capoeta tetrazona), “Two Decades of South Asian Association of Regional Co-operation”, and Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the “Father of the Nation”. (Thank you, Eric, for telling me.)

The stamps on the front side have a total value of 60 rupees and on the back side there are stamps of a total of 109 rupees. The total postage attached was 169 rupees. I am curious what the calculation on the front side means: 8.39 + 6.50 = 14.89. Is this the necessary postage?

Rabia, thank you for sending me this truly impressive cover!

2 comments so far

  1. Eric on

    Waaahoooo !!! a really impressive cover !!!
    I imagine what you felt when you discovered it :-))
    Florian, the man on the two definitve stamps is Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the national Hero of Pakistan, also nicknamed the “Father of the Nation” !
    He indeed founded Pakistan and was the first Governor-General in 1947. A very important figure in the country !
    The Benazir Bhutto souvenir sheet is strange because the nominal value and the words “Pakistan” are not included on the stamp ??
    You should receive very soon two surprises from me…

  2. Florian on

    Thank you for the information on Muhammed Ali Jinnah! I was really impressed, when I picked up the cover at the post office. The Benazir Bhutto mini-sheet is strange indeed. Actually, the frame of the “stamp” is the stamp and vice versa. Maybe it was designed that way, so the people could use the photo for other purposes.

    Btw: The Austrian post issued a strange “mini-sheet” in 2007 too (“Josef Hoffman”), where the value and description is on the frame and the perforation is just imprinted. (see

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