A Tribute to Saadat Hasan Manto

I was looking for the internet version of Saadat Hasan Manto’s short stories when I came across something really interesting. This beautiful postage stamp of Rs 5 released by Pakistan Post Office. The stamp was released on Jan 18, 2005 commemorating Manto’s 50th death anniversary.
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Source: Pakistan Post Office Web Site

It’s designed by Raza Ahmed, 34 x 29 mm each and initially they have released about half a milion stamps. After so many years, some recognition from the Govt. of Pakistan has finally been given to the work of this gifted writer.

This beautiful stamp can be purchased from Pakistan Post Office facilities in all major cities. Or you can actually buy (for Rs. 700) a full color catelog of Pakistani stamps from here.

Lahoris can get it from:
Manager
Philatelic Bureau
General Post Office
Lahore, Pakistan
Phone: 92-42-9211306
Fax No: 92-42-9210717

5 Comments so far

  1. abbas halai (unregistered) on August 11th, 2005 @ 5:26 pm

    actually the pak post office commemorates all sorts of people, buildings, landmarks and events in their own quiet fashion. i used to collect stamps and would go over to the gpo quite often to pick up the first prints of stamps. if you go through their website, you will find an entire gallery of beautiful stamps that they use to commemorate our culture and heritage.

    oh and one thing i have to give to the pak postal service, it’s one of the better services in the world. anyone who can deliver a letter to

    “muhammad”, doosri gully, opposite regal chowk, makaan chaar, azam basti, karachi

    deserve some credit. here in north america, anyone even getting one letter of the postal/zip code wrong even though the address is correct and plainly spelled out will find their mail being delivered incorrectly.


  2. Jangli Jagga (unregistered) on August 11th, 2005 @ 8:13 pm

    Thanks farhad! I guess I’ll also buy a catalog for myself. I had a good collection during my childhood but somehow I couldn’t manage it for long. Thanks for a reminder!


  3. Jangli Jagga (unregistered) on August 12th, 2005 @ 4:05 am

    btw farhad, you can find Manto’s some translated letters on chowk:

    http://www.chowk.com/show_article.cgi?aid=00005188&channel=chaathouse


  4. lalit (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 4:22 pm

    Hi all
    Can u guys please send me links to the stories/plays written by Manto.
    thx much
    Lalit


  5. DocD (unregistered) on December 11th, 2005 @ 5:29 am

    What do you Mantoji would have thought about having his face on stamp when he didn’t even want a marked grave or recognition from Pak government?



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