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Over the years several personalities of Pakistan have been honoured and commemorated in the world of Philately of Pakistan.

Though it has now become very common to portray a human face on stamps, for the initial 17 years this was not the case. Mr. M. H. Zuberi, a retired CSP officer, tried to get the president's approval to issue stamps with the Quaid's portrait in 1964. This was however, rejected on the grounds that the people might not accept them. He however, persevered and it paid off when the first locally designed issue to carry a human face, a set of three stamps, was released to pay homage to the country’s armed forces after the War of 1965. The first incumbent head of state or government portrayed was General Ayub Khan on the 1966 stamps for the new capital of Islamabad.

The Quaid was first pictured on his 90th birth anniversary in 1966. Earlier issues carried motifs and wordings or his mausoleum. Since then numerous stamps have been issued carrying his portrait including his 50 death anniversary in 1998 and 125 years of his birth in 2001.

The set of 27 stamps depicting pioneers of Pakistan's freedom movement (1990) was the largest set ever issued.

A set of four commemorative postage stamps titled as “Tehreek - e - Pakistan key Mujahid” issued on 14th August 2002 at the occassion of 55th Independence Day Celebrations.

Later on 14th August 2003, the Pakistan Post Office issued three more stamps under the same titled at the 56th Independence Day Celebrations of Pakistan.

 

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