Complete set of 2 nos. of commemorative postage stamp on the 1st Anniversary of the RCD :
Issued by Pakistan
Issued on Jul 21, 1965
Issued for : To commemorate the First Anniversary of the foundation of the Regional Co-Operation for Development, the Pakistan Post Office is, along with Iran and Turkey, bringing out two postage stamps, reproduced above, on the 21st July, 1965.
15–Paisa. The design consists of an open book held by two hands from right and left corners and supported by third hand at the bottom. The words “R.C.D.”, “Iran, Turkey, Pakistan” the denomination “15 Paisa” and the words “Pakistan” in English Urdu and Bengali also appear on the stamp.
50–Paisa. The stamp shows the globe and National flag of Turkey, Iran and Pakistan joined together. On the globe appears the map of Turkey, Iran and Pakistan. The words “R.C.D.”, “Turkey, Iran, Pakistan” the denomination “50 Paisa” and the words “Pakistan” in English, Urdu and Bengali also appear on the stamp.
Type : Stamps, Postal Used
Denomination : 15 & 50 Paisa
15p – Yellow Ochre, Indian Brown, Coffee, Eagle Clove Brown
50p – Hydro Blue (Blue Black), Red Vermillion, Orange, Dark Green, Black
Size of Stamps :
15p – 50 x 39 mm
50p – 57.3 x 34 mm
Size of Prints :
15p – 47 x 36 mm
50p – 54.3 x 31 mm
Perforation Gauge :
15p – 13½ x 13 (C)
50p – 13 x 13 (C)
Quantity Printed :
15p – 15,00,000
50p – 10,00,000
Number of Stamps in each sheet : 50
Process of Printing : Litho
Printers : The Pakistan Security Printing Corporation Ltd., Karachi
- On July 21, 1964, His Imperial Majesty Mohammad Reza Shah Pahalvi, Shahinshah of Iran, Field Marshal Mohammad Ayub Khan, N. Pk., H. J., President of Pakistan and His Excellency General Cemal Gursel, President of Turkey, signed an agreement at Istanbul to establish the “Regional Co–Operation for Development (R.C.D.)” for strengthening the development efforts of the three regional countries through active and sustained collaboration on a regional basis. The establishment of R.C.D. was a natural evolution of historic forces that have been at work over the past centuries. The peoples of Iran, Pakistan and Turkey are bound together by strong religious, traditional and cultural ties which are continuously bringing them together. R.C.D. symbolises the will and aspiration of the people of Iran, Pakistan and Turkey to march forward in unison towards a richer life and the glory of their ideals. The agreement for R.C.D. is, therefore, a momentous event of the 20th Century for the entire Muslim world not merely because it can be a dim outline of the realisation of the dream of a Muslim Commonwealth but also because it is based on a sharp realism of the trends in the modern world which point towards cooperation and coordination for the economic uplift and betterment of the human race.
- The world economy is passing through a critical and crucial phase. The universal crusade for development and political and economic aspirations have, on the one hand, raised the expectations of the great masses of our globe to a high level and, on the other, have placed before the Governments of the developing countries a very great challenge – the fight against want. Today the great concern of our countries is to raise the per capita income and living standards of our peoples. This aim underlines the development plans that now constitute an integral part of our approach to the problem of effective allocation of national resources. It was against this perspective that the Istanbul Summit Conference observed, “the emergence of regional economic groupings enjoying a community of interest is an outstanding feature of our time for accelerating the pace of economic growth. Efforts directed towards regional economic collaboration have gained international acceptance and the present move to promote collaboration amongst countries of the region is directed towards the same aim viz : the strengthening of development efforts through active and sustained collaboration on regional basis“. In other words, the main idea behind this grouping is the provision of co-operation for acceleration of the pace of economic development in the three countries and is based on the fundamental concept that collaboration in the field of economic programming can be relatively more effective if there exists a community of feelings and affinity of ideas among the countries concerned.
- Regional Co-operation would, therefore, lead to this goal surely and expeditiously especially when its activities have been broad-based as to cover various fields, e.g. trade, air transportation, shipping, post, telegraph and telecommunications, roads and railways, tourism, petroleum, banking and insurance, technical co-operation, joint purpose enterprise, administration and management, cultural co-operation and information, etc. etc.
- In the establishment of the R.C.D. lies the seed for fulfilment of the hope expressed in the following verse of Dr. Mohammad Iqbal, the great seer, who conceived the idea of Pakistan, that if Tehran could become the Geneva of the East, the destiny of the whole world might possibly change.
- With the compliments of the Director General, Pakistan Post Office, Karachi.