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Monday, August 31, 2009

Palestine Commemoration (July 25, 1981)

The Seventh Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers held at Istanbul in May, 1976, recommended that member States of the Islamic Conference may issue a special stamp bearing the name ‘Palestine Stamp’ to project the Palestine cause and to provide assistance to the families of the fighters and martyrs of the Palestine cause through its sale proceeds. This resolution has been reiterated by the subsequent sessions of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers.
Pakistan had consistently been supporting the Arab and Palestinian causes, the fundamental elements of which are restoration of Jerusalem to Arab-Muslim sovereignty, full exercise of the right of self-determination of the Palestinians, including the right of setting up of their own independent homeland, total Israeli withdrawal from all the occupied lands in accordance with the UN Resolutions and the decisions of the Arab and Islamic Summits.
In December, 1973, Pakistan became one of the first non-Arab countries to permit the Palestine Liberation Organisation to open a full fledged diplomatic mission in Pakistan. Pakistan has played a vital role in securing greater international recognition for the PLO. At the Second Islamic Summit held at Lahore in February, 1974, Pakistan spearheaded the move for the recognition of the PLO as the sole representative of the Palestinian nation.
The issuance of the Palestine Stamp is yet another demonstration of the close ties of Islam which bind the people of Palestine and Pakistan.
Pakistan Post Office is issuing one Commemorative Postage Stamp of Rs. 2/-denomination on Palestine on the 25th July, 1981.