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 Islamabad : Capital of Pakistan

Islamabad : Capital of Pakistan

Complete set of 2 nos. of commemorative postage stamp to publicize the new capital, Islamabad :

Federal Islamabad Capital TerritoryMohammad Ayub Khan : Former President of PakistanIssued by Pakistan

Issued on Nov 29, 1966

Design : The President‘s portrait appears on the right hand side. Secretariat Building is shown in a window shaped aperture on the left of the stamp. The National Flag in the national colouring is shown in an unfurled aspect, from left to right above the Secretariat Building in Brick Red against Bluish sky background. The word “Pakistan” in English, Urdu and Bengali appears in reverse in the lower panel. Denomination is shown at bottom left hand corner of the window shaped aperture. The word “Islamabad” is printed in the foreground below the Secretariat Building. In 15 Paisa stamp the President is shown wearing Field Marshal‘s uniform in sepia while in the 50 Paisa stamp the President is in civilian dress in black.

Type : Stamps, Postal Used

Denomination : 15 & 50 Paisa

Colour :
15 Paisa : Sepia, Brick Red
, Green and Blue
50 Paisa : Black, Brick Red, Green and Blue

Size of Stamps : 30.5 x 60 mm

Size of Prints : 27.5 x 57 mm

Perforation Gauge : 13 x 13 (c)

Quantity Printed :
15 Paisa15,00,000
50 Paisa : 10,00,000

Number of Stamps in each sheet : 50

Process of Printing : Litho

Printers : The Pakistan Security Printing Corporation Ltd., Karachi

About : 

  • Islamabad, having the most agreeable year-round climate and four definite seasons, has been located in proximity to the existing Rawalpindi city with all its services and facilities. Rawalpindi is on the main line of the Pakistan Western Railway. It is also serviced by modern airlines.
  • Actual construction in Islamabad started in October, 1961 on the ground where one can today see nicely laid-out neighbourhoods functioning as fully developed urban units. Some of the Ministers of the Central Government have shifted and started working at the new Capital which is now a humming metropolis of over 20,000 population.
  • The urbanisation of Islamabad is based on the principle of Dynapolis. Each sector is a self-contained township satisfying all needs. There are schools separate for boys and girls, markets, shops, mosques, colleges, dispensaries, post and telegraph offices, telephone exchange, bank, police station, bus-stands, cinemas, in each sector.
  • A modern city has to be so designed as to ensure smooth and swift circulation. The road network thoughtfully provides suitable communication system to serve efficiently all sections of the city as it grows and develops. The network consists of varied types of roads designed for different functions. It includes highways, principal and major roads, vehicular and feeder roads, pedestrian streets, foot-paths and green walk ways. Enough space has been provided in the right-of-way of the roads to cater for the future traffic demands. Special care has been taken to separate pedestrian traffic from vehicular traffic. Within the low income-groups neighbourhoods one would hardly ever need any kind of transport to move about, for everything is at a few minutes pleasant walk. The smaller communal unit is virtually road-risk free.
  • In planning for the city, areas have been reserved for parks and open spaces, special buildings, special institutions, industrial and commercial zones, in addition to the residential areas, administrative sector and diplomatic enclave. The vast National Park would have institutions of national importance such as the Atomic Research Institute, the National University and the National Health Care.
  • Islamabad offers a wholesome and dignified environment congenial to work and graceful to live in. It will not only be the nation’s Capital but would also be a source of inspiration to her people.
  • With the compliments of the Director-General, Pakistan Post Office, Karachi.
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