Non-Map Errors

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     In 2006 and 2007 several members of the Economic Cooperaton Organization issued stamps with a similar design to commemorate the first anniversary of the third meeting of the postal authorities of the Organization. Linn's Stamp News (March 24, 2008) called attention to non-map errors on the stamp issued by Pakistan.
     The Pakistan stamp includes a number of indications of direct borrowing from the stamp issued a year earlier by Iran, namely, "I.R. Iran," the value of 650 rials, "2000," and inscriptions in Arabic in blue on the top and bottom margins of the stamp. Pakistan's name is missing from the stamp, and it was issued September 22, 2007, not in 2006. The stamp was withdrawn on October 18, 2007 and not reissued.

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     The flags at the top of the stamp are from left to right: top row-Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgysztan; bottom row: Pakistan, Takjikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan. The map appears to have been taken directly from http://www.ecosecretariat.org/Countries/map.htm. The only differences are the color of the small area intruding into Pakistan and titled "Disputed territory of Kashmir," which appears in a light blue on the stamp and a medium brown on the source, and the small print in the light blue area of the map which says "Persian Gulf." The logo in the lower right corner is the symbol of the ECO. The Pakistan value of the stamp is Rs.10 (10 Pakistani Rupees.)

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