With the advent of systematic postal service and especially with the use of postal stamps for postal service, they have become a tool for measuring the socio-cultural developments in various parts of the world. The postal stamps of any country depict the past history, present pace of socio-cultural development and future goals and ambitions. Starting from national heroes, scholars, flowers, trees, wild life, music, paintings, mountains, sports and science, stamps tell the story of countries international relations, communications, arts, archeology, architecture, political changes, social development, cultural achievements, physical progress and military endeavors.
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Pakistan Post Office issued a set of 4 commemorative stamps on independence day on
Pakistan Post Office has issued more than 700 hundred stamps including regular series and communicative series of stamps up to 1989. These series of stamps cover about 29 different major subjects including aircrafts, birds, books, bridges buildings, butterflies, famous peoples portraits, fishes, flags, flowers, lions, land scapes, maps, medical inventions, music, paintings, railway, red cross, scouts, ships, sports, trees, and international affairs including brotherhood for Palestenians, Afghan refuges, Namibians and other nations.
As it is a vast subject of discussion, only Muslim art and architecture has been selected for present study. Both are important correlated subjects and have a clear distinction from other cultures and civilizations. Pakistan Post Office has issued 92 stamps on different buildings and about 23 on the subject of paintings and designs up to 1988. All these stamps clearly show the impact of muslims art and architectural heritage. The story starts from mogual buildings like, Lahore Fort, Badshahi mosque, Shalimar garden, Jahangir tomb, Masolum of Shah Latif Bhatai, Tomb of Shah Rukna Alam at Multan and goes to Masolum of Quaid-i-Azam at Karachi, Chatagoung railway station, Islamic submit Minar and Faisal Mosque showing a mixture of modern architectural techniques along with muslim tradition of arch and minarat enriched with especially muslim traditional of calligraphy and geometrical designing. Impact of british rule in India also affected the muslim architecture and added the longs pillars and lengthy structural buildings which can be witnessed from the first issue of communicative stamps on constitutional Assembly Building and Karachi Airport (issued on 14.08.1948), Salimullah Hostel (issued in 1954), Karachi Port trust building and Kamal Ataturks Mausoleum.