Have you seen?: Government issues Noor Jahan postage stamps!

Published: September 20, 2013
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If you are an aspiring musician or just a die-hard fan and the picture of our founder Quaid-e-Azam on your mail delivery isn’t really exciting you, the government has a great offer for you — commemorative postage stamps of Malika-e-Tarannum Noor Jahan.

Pakistan Post issued these dedicatory stamps on Friday in all important post offices in the country. The stamp is for Rs8 and will also be available for overseas orders.

Born in a Punjabi family of musicians, Begum Noor Jahan was one of the legendary singers and actors in Pakistan.

She was the first woman to record a qawwali for a South Asian film in 1945 and gained immense popularity for her patriotic songs during the 1965 war between India and Pakistan.

Having sung almost 10,000 songs, Begum Noor Jahan holds the highest record of film songs in Pakistani cinema.

In honour of her selfless contribution, around half a million of these stamps have been printed.

The stamp has been designed by Adil Salahuddin, who has also been awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz for his efforts.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 21st, 2013.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Asad Khan
    Sep 20, 2013 - 9:54PM

    Commendable effort from Pakistan Post.

    In this lightning era of speedy communications & courier the postage stamps reflects heritage, culture & education. Stamps provides you feelings, bar-coding represents you are becoming a machine.

    Love you Pakistan Post.

    regards,

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  • saeed
    Sep 20, 2013 - 10:36PM

    For the first time, I am very pleased with a Pakistani Govt. Department.

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  • Syed A. Mateen
    Sep 20, 2013 - 10:39PM

    Gaeey Gi Dunya Geet Merey………..

    I am a die-hard fan of Madam Noor Jehan.

    Such singers are born seldom in the world as Madam Noor Jehan was one of those singers who will be remembered by Pakistani generations to come.

    I am very pleased to note that Government of Pakistan issued a commemorative stamp and all of her fans would at least be buying one stamp of Madam Noor Jehan from the Post Office.

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  • Asad Shairani
    Sep 20, 2013 - 10:55PM

    Great step. The legend deserves this. A better design would have been nice though.

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  • A2Z
    Sep 20, 2013 - 11:00PM

    I got some good collection of stamps including the one issued after 1992 world cup victory. Hopefully I will add this in my collection as well.

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  • Baba Ji
    Sep 20, 2013 - 11:12PM

    Poor design … should have been a sketch of her’s …

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  • Sep 20, 2013 - 11:46PM

    It is exciting to hear the news of honoring one of the greatest singers and actor of her time. Malika-e-Tarannum Noor Jahan had become immortal with her evergreen songs. This is a great way for a nation to honor their heroes by issuing commemorative stamps in their name. Congratulations Pakistani Postal Services.

    Abdul Quddus
    DET-United States Central Command

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  • imran
    Sep 21, 2013 - 12:29AM

    to US CENTCOM if u hv put ur location from some where in NORTH WAZIRISTAN then i would hv raised my eyebrow………..

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  • Striver
    Sep 21, 2013 - 12:32AM

    At last we are beginning to give our artists the recognition they deserve.

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  • Sep 21, 2013 - 4:17PM

    @Striver:
    Yes, recognition after demise.

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  • Suqraat
    Sep 21, 2013 - 6:24PM

    Those people who think that the stamp should have been better designed would not have seen recently issued stamps on Ashfaq Ahmad, Qudrat ullah Shahab, Ibn e Insha, Pir Mehr Ali Shah or Nasir Kazmi (link attached below). Almost all stamps issued these days (including the one issued today) are monotonous and lack ingenuity of mind while being designed.

    As a philatelist, I am really saddened to this decline in Pakistan postage stamps as Pakistan post used to issue really beautiful stamps back in 80s and 90s. Government should look into this matter as these stamps still represent Pakistan among the stamp collectors around the globe.

    http://www.pakpost.gov.pk/stamps1/stamps.html

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  • Kashif
    Sep 27, 2013 - 3:00PM

    I fully agree with the comments by Mr Suqraat
    As philatelist, I am also very concerned about quality of stamps which you have mentioned.
    This decline is form 2000 onwards. I think worst designing is in the stamps on Men of Letter series issued in 2012 and 2013.

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  • Anwar.s
    Sep 29, 2013 - 2:36PM

    Lady deserves this recognition.
    Love her voice. Who can forget “mujh se pehli si muhabbat”?

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  • Farah.S
    Sep 29, 2013 - 2:38PM

    Great News. Legend deserves this.

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