স্বাধীন বাংলাদেশের প্রথম স্মারক ডাকটিকিট Independent Bangladesh - first commemorative postage stamp
. . .Just before the War of Liberation broke out, a senior officer of the Pakistan Post Office Mr. A M Ahsanullah, then DDG (S & E) was on a visit at Dhaka. He could not go back to his duty and was kept under detention. He was released after the independence of Bangladesh and the new government of the country appointed him the Director General of Bangladesh Post Office. He assumed his duties on 19 December 1971. Same day some senior officials of Bangladesh government and Mr. John Stonehouse MP came to Dhaka in a special Army helicopter. Mr. Stonehouse brought with him a few hundred copies of the first eight-value stamps of Bangladesh, issued on 29 July 1971. He also brought with him three more stamps of value 10p, Rs 5, and Rs 10 overprinted 'Bangladesh Liberated' in both Bangla and English in very small types. All the eleven stamps were put on sale at Dhaka GPO on 20 December 1971.
The inaugural stamps splitted the name BANGLADESH into BANGLA DESH both in Bangla and English.
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