Pakistan Post releases stamps featuring Kashmir markhor

Posted on June, 07 2024

Islamabad, 7 June 2024: To conserve and protect the markhor population and their habitats in the country, Pakistan Post in collaboration with WWF-Pakistan issued stamps showcasing Kashmir markhor. These stamps were released during the launch ceremony organized at the Pakistan Academy of Sciences building in the city on Friday. According to experts, the Kashmir markhor in Pakistan faces numerous threats that jeopardize its survival. The major threats to the markhor population include habitat loss, agricultural expansion, illegal hunting, climate change, and infrastructure development. These threats have led to a drastic decline in Markhor population across its habitat range. Considering multiple challenges to the markhor population, experts call for comprehensive conservation efforts to protect and preserve this iconic species.
The markhor declared the national animal of Pakistan is a large wild goat species native to South Asia and Central Asia, mainly existing in Pakistan, India, the Karakoram range, parts of Afghanistan, and the Himalayas. Since 2015, It has been classified as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List. Often based on their horn configuration, markhor has been divided into five sub-species namely Astor markhor, Bukharan markhor, Kabul markhor, Kashmir markhor, and Suleiman markhor.
Speaking during the launch ceremony, Hammad Naqi Khan, Director General, WWF-Pakistan said that this postage stamp not only celebrated the existence of Kashmir markhor but also highlighted the need for concerted conservation efforts to safeguard their future. This initiative also aimed to draw attention to the species threatened status and the pressing need for habitat preservation and anti-poaching measures. He further said that the issuance of a postage stamp dedicated to the Kashmir markhor would serve as a reminder of our collective responsibility to protect and preserve our natural heritage for future generations. “It will also provide a platform to showcase Pakistan’s commitment to wildlife conservation on the global stage”, he added.
Rizwan Hashmi, Additional Director General, Pakistan Post said that our country is home to rich biodiversity including Indus river dolphin, whales, common leopard, snow leopard, and many resident and migratory birds. This postage stamp about Kashmir Markhor expresses government commitment to raising awareness and protecting this threatened species which is confronted with different challenges. Hashmi further shared that it is essential to promote collaborative conservation initiatives that help address the threats to wildlife and take on-ground actions. He appreciated the role of communities in the protection of the markhor species in Pakistan.
As true goats of the Himalayas, the Kashmir markhor is the most spectacular among wild goats, distinguished by its large body, long spiralling horns, thick fur, and flowing beard and neck ruff. It is widely spread from Afghanistan to Pakistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
WWF-Pakistan and Pakistan Post officials launch Kashmir markhor post stamps during the ceremoney.
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