A commemorative postage stamp on the Centenary of the International Red Cross (1863-1963) :
Issued by Pakistan
Issued on Jun 25, 1963
Issued for : The idea of Red Cross occurred to the Founder of the movement, HENRI DUNANT, in 1859 but the Organisation was actually established in 1863. To begin with, a Committee of five – all Swiss citizens – later to be known as the International Committee of the Red Cross, was set up in Geneva on the 9th February, 1863. On the 26th October, 1863, the first International Conference convened by that Committee met at Geneva and it was then that the Red Cross really came into being. Elaborate arrangements are being made throughout the world to mark that historic event. The City of Geneva, which is the birthplace of Red Cross, will be the venue of international celebrations. The Pakistan Red Cross intends to commemorate the centenary of the foundation of Red Cross with great enthusiasm. The Pakistan Post Office has issued this stamp to commemorate the occasion.
Design : The Design has been prepared by the Pakistan Security Printing Corporation Ltd., Karachi, under the guidance of the Director-General, Pakistan Post Office.
The emblem of Red Cross Centenary appears in the Centre in Greenish Grey and Cross in red with dates “1863-1963” underneath the emblem. The word “PAKISTAN” in English appears at the bottom while in Urdu and Bengali at the left hand and right hand side respectively in vertical position. On left top is the denomination and on right top is the word “POSTAGE”. The words “Centenary of the Red Cross” also appear on the stamp.
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Denomination : 40 Paisa
Main – Greenish Grey
Cross – Red
Size of Stamp : 28.6 x 34 mm
Size of Print : 26 x 31.5 mm
Perforation : 13 x 13 (c)
Quantity printed : 10,00,000
No. of stamps in each sheet : 80
Process of Printing :
Main – Recess
Red Cross – Letter press
Printers : The Pakistan Security Printing Corporation Ltd., Karachi
- The Pakistan Red Cross came into existence on the 20th December, 1947 under “The Pakistan Red Cross Society Order, 1947” promulgated by the Governor-General of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam Mahomed Ali Jinnah who was also the Founder–President of the Society. It is a voluntary aid organisation, a member of the League of Red Cross Societies and recognised by the International Committee of Red Cross, Geneva. Funds for the humanitarian activities of the Society are raised by individual and collective donations. It also collaborates with the National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies of other countries to carry out relief programmes in emergencies.
- The Pakistan Red Cross, as its very inception, was confronted with the crucial task of providing immediate and continued relief to the millions of displaced persons who migrated from India to Pakistan in distressing conditions. The infant society bore the brunt of this colossal relief action with courage and carried out its humanitarian obligations with sustained efforts against heavy odds.
- The Pakistan Red Cross has provided substantial relief and praiseworthy help to the victims of floods, fires, tornadoes etc. all over the country during the past 12 years in the form of medical supplies, clothing and foodstuffs to the sufferers.
- One of the most important peace-time activities of the Pakistan Red Cross is the sustained medical relief being afforded to the expectant and nursing mothers during pre-natal and post-natal periods and to the ailing children as its Maternity and Child Welfare Centres and Female Hospitals. At present there are 102 Red Cross Maternity and Child Welfare Centres, Female Hospitals, T.B. Clinics and Dispensaries in both wings of Pakistan. These institutions render services to both the indoor as well as outdoor patients through their fully qualified and trained staff as well as supply free diet and drugs to the poor patients. Some of these centres have made arrangements for training “Dais” also.
- The Pakistan Red Cross has also sent aid in cash and kind worth over Rs. 5 lac to alleviate sufferings of the people caused by the natural calamities in Algeria, Afghanistan, Chile, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Indonesia, Japan, Morocco, Turkey, Tunisia, United Arab Republic and many other countries of the world in token of spreading the message of universal brotherhood.
- In view of the Universal importance of the Red Cross and in appreciation of the humanitarian task conducted in peace and war by unselfish, dedicated men and women workers of the Red Cross Societies all over the world during the past hundred years, the Pakistan Post Office feels proud of being associated with these centenary celebrations.
- With the compliments of the Director-General, Pakistan Post Office, Karachi.