Pakistan Post Unveils Stamp on Arfa Karim

\"\"The Pakistan Post  unveiled a commemorative postage stamp on the 17th birth anniversary of Afra Karim, the world\’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional on Yesterday.Federal Minister for Postal Services Alhaj Sardar Muhammad Umar Gorgaij, while addressing a function held here in connection of the issuance of the stamp as chief guest, said that some 2.5 million stamps have been issued.He said the purpose of issuing the stamp was to recognize the talent and intellect of Arfa, who was an asset for the nation. Her death was a tragedy for the nation. Her extraordinary contribution in the field of IT will be a role model for the younger generation, he added.

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, in his message which was read by the Secretary Postal Services Ikram ul Haq, said he was happy by knowing that the Pakistan Post has issued a commemorative stamp on the 17th birthday of Arfa Karim.\”Arfa Karim, who emerged as a shining star on the horizon, is no more amongst us today but her contributions in the field of Information Technology at such a young age will continue to be remembered for long time to come\” the message said.He said that through her brilliant performance, she made the people of Pakistan proud and brought laurels to her country.The Prime Minister said that Arfa Karim wanted to do a lot for the talented youth all over the world, especially for those who lacked resources and requisite opportunities.

\”The issuance of commemorative stamps is a tribute to her services and will go a long way in disseminating her message through the world,\” he said.Parents and the family of (late) Arfa Karim, including brothers, was the guest of honour.Additional Director General (Operations) Pakistan Post Fazli Sattar Khan also spoke on the occasion. He presented the documentary on Arfa\’s achievements.He said that Arfa Karim was invited by Bill Gates to visit the Microsoft headquarters in the United States when she was only 10-year-old.He said that the postage stamp will be available for sale at all post offices in the country.Lt-Col (retd) Amjad Karim, father of Arfa, said that he would continue her mission through Arfa Karim Foundation.The Pakistan Post Foundation donated Rs 100,000 to Arfa Karim Foundation on the occasion.Malala Yausufzai also spoke on the occasion.The school kids also presented special songs paying tribute to Arfa Karim.A cake cutting ceremony also held on the occasion to celebrate her birth anniversary.

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9 Responses to Pakistan Post Unveils Stamp on Arfa Karim


    Issuing a commemorative stamp on such a short notice.
    Unbelievable-Pakistan Post!

  2. Rahul Dhoot says:

    really unbeleavable pakistan !! PAKISTAN gave quick response in very short time for establishing this stamp “ARFA KARIM”.

  3. Asadullah Shaikh says:

    Yes Very Short Notice Pakistan Post Isuue Commoreative Stamps
    Design By Adil Slaahudin Stamps Designer pakistan Post

  4. Kamran says:

    Very appreciating effort. Nice to see. India post lost the opportunity after cricket world cup win they must also take such quick step.

  5. dr pradeep jain says:

    If any collector from Pakistan can arrange for us I will be very happy to get this attractive stamp and FDC.If you are ready to help then can mail me to

  6. Sandeep says:

    Nice stamp.
    I always wonder, Urdu being their national language, why Pakistani postage stamps do not have the Urdu inscriptions for the theme of the stamp. Only the name of country is inscribed in Urdu.


    I wonder, if Arfa Karim stamp is the only postage stamp from the
    hundreds of thousands issued thus far by all the countries of the
    world on which the actual date of the person passed away is mentioned
    on the stamp itself!

    This stamp is the stuff for the Guinees Book of World Records .

    • Sandeep says:

      Garg Sir,
      You are right, this is indeed a rarity like our
      – 1948 Gandhiji stamps
      – 1958 Bipin Chandra Pal, Sir J. C. Bose
      etc. , where they printed the complete date of birth as well as death. I am still searching for more like these in Indian stamps.


    Right. Thanks for the info. In the same line, Nehru 1988, Rs.1.-
    issue carries the date of birth as 14th November 1889.

    Curiously, President’s Body Guard 20p issue of 1973 mentions
    1773-1973 that to me is philatelically incorrect. Two hundred
    years of PBG sounds more O.K.

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