The ‘Zip Code Man’ knows 75950

Posted on November 12, 2006
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Pakistan post office introduced 5 digit postal codes in 1988.

At that time, I used to feel very proud as among all my friends I seemed to remember the most number of postal codes in Pakistan i.e. at most 10 and those too were mostly confined to Karachi Division. My self-declared reign of postal codes memorization continued from 1988-2001 when I met my match. It was actually a mismatch. This mismatch was as obvious as the difference between night and day. Let us now take you to our main story.

In Boulder, Colorado there is a very famous walking district called the Pearl Street. To walk through five blocks of Pearl Street is an experience of its own kind. Street performers from all over the country come here; they gather people around and show their talents or tricks. They proudly call themselves to be part of an institution called the Street Theatre.

I’ve seen amazing feats performed by these seemingly unknown performers. I’ve seen them riding bikes on a rope, throwing a card from the peck, without folding it, to the roof of a building etc.

However what I saw once has compelled me to write this mail. I was in a crowd seeing the street performance of the Zip Code Man. This guy knows almost all the postal (ZIP=zone improvement) codes of the world and also knows some famous attractions in each and every postal code area. Look at the photo to the left. It shows Zip Code Man whose real name is David, performing live at Pearl Street. He is also the holder of Guinness Book of world Record for remembering most consecutive postal codes identified at random.

If you tell him your postal code, he will tell you the city you are from; will talk a few words with you in your native language and will also tell you the local attractions of your area.

He told a lady that she was from Kieve, Ukraine; another person that he was from Rutgers, Holland and yet another from Denmark, Japan etc.

I was however, still not impressed. Therefore to test him, I raised my hand and told him that I come from postal code 75950.

As soon as I said it, his reply came as:

” My friend this postal code is in Pakistan. A city called Karachi and a place called Federal-B-Area“.

Then he asked me in Urdu:

“aap kaisay haiN?” (How are you?)

The people around me and myself were just dumbfounded. Many people do not even know that postal codes exist in Pakistan, let alone to use them or to memorize them. Therefore it was very impressive for me to meet someone in US who actually remembers almost all postal codes of the world. Photo to the right is the satellite image of postal code 75950, which covers the locality of Federal-B-Area in Karachi. Click on the image to get a larger view.

Later the Zip Code Man asked postal codes of 20 or so people. And then by pointing to each one of them he recalled correctly their postal codes, the cities they belonged to and some of the attractions in their area e.g. famous restaurants etc

At the end of the show, he asked for voluntary donations for his show by saying:

“Pay me or I know where everyone lives”

A roar of laughter went in the air from the crowd and most of the people paid him some amount.

The Zip Code Man’s web page is here.

Pakistan Postal Codes

Pakistan introduced 5-digit postal codes in 1988. First digit represents the geographic location of the area as follows:

1xxxx: Northern Areas and Azad Kashmir

2xxxx: NWFP

3xxxx: South Western Punjab

4xxxx: Western Punjab

5xxxx: Eastern Punjab including Lahore

6xxxx: Northern Sindh

7xxxx: Southern Sindh including Karachi

8xxxx: Baluchistan

9xxxx: Turbat Division in Baluchistan

I am sure the least significant 4 digits also represent geographic entities. I don’t know how are they alloted. Any help from our readers will be appreciated.

The list of post codes in Pakistan is here and a website to find postal codes around the world is here. Lets see if it inspires any of our readers to remember them by heart :) Also note that postal code for Federal-B-Area, karachi is indeed 75950.

42 Comments on “The ‘Zip Code Man’ knows 75950”

  1. Umera says:
    November 12th, 2006 4:12 pm

    This is a really interesting post and the zip code man’s memory seems remarkable.

  2. Eidee Man says:
    November 12th, 2006 6:07 pm

    That’s incredible…man…phew!

  3. Eidee Man says:
    November 12th, 2006 9:14 pm

    Hi, this does not have anything to do with the topic, but I was wondering if you guys were going to have a post on Sindh TV. Apparently its broadcast was “suspended” after it exposed some stuff about the government.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=20061110story_10-11-2006_pg12_3

  4. Ali says:
    November 12th, 2006 9:24 pm

    This is amazing. I recently moved to Denver and Pearl and Walnut streets are my fav places in boulder. Do you go to CU by any chance?

  5. Owais Mughal says:
    November 12th, 2006 9:38 pm

    Ali, I lived in Denver 2001-05. Next time you see Zip Code Man on pearl St, ask him with a zip code and you’ll be surprised to see his knowledge/memory :)

  6. Ali says:
    November 13th, 2006 12:34 am

    Did you work in Denver or you went to school there? where are u these days? (just curious)

  7. Owais Mughal says:
    November 13th, 2006 12:39 am

    I worked in Denver. Now in St Louis

  8. YLH says:
    November 13th, 2006 2:45 am

    For some weird reason, I am very touched.

    I remember my days in the US as an undergrad. I probably would have been moved to tears then to hear this.

    Thanks for sharing.

  9. TURAB says:
    November 15th, 2006 4:00 am

    amazing post about postal codes…

    just for ur info, postal codes in canada represent a building or a very small block….

    thats why we have letters and number mixed like mine is T2Y 4R6

    GO FIGURE!

  10. Murtaza says:
    November 19th, 2006 3:54 am

    canadian codes are messed up. US ones are also five digits. I wonder if they overlap with the ones in pakistan. Sharae Faisal area is 75350.

  11. rajat sing says:
    March 1st, 2007 5:08 am

    my friend lives in chitral pakistan
    zip code 66062
    can you give me the adress of schools near by the area so that i can find him

  12. March 19th, 2007 2:20 am

    Thank you very much for your efforts helping people world over for having such an important information

  13. Muddassar says:
    January 9th, 2008 2:36 am

    Be happy

  14. Muddassar says:
    January 9th, 2008 2:38 am

    Its quite good site for zip codes

  15. Maqsood kalwar says:
    January 31st, 2008 3:27 am

    All postal codes of cities are compulsory

  16. hasan says:
    February 26th, 2008 11:07 pm

    salam!
    the man has really an outstanding memory. but OUR HAFZAY QURAN are more superior in all respect.

  17. rizwan fareed says:
    April 8th, 2008 3:26 am

    i need zip code of dist. hafizabad so plz send me all codes of hist. hafizabad

  18. quetta says:
    April 13th, 2008 1:07 pm

    i reqired zip code of quetta

  19. Owais Mughal says:
    April 13th, 2008 6:58 pm

    Quetta’s post code is 87300

  20. Owais Mughal says:
    April 13th, 2008 6:59 pm

    Hafizabad doesn’t has post code with its name. It most likely comes under Wazirabad which is 52000

  21. Tayyab says:
    April 21st, 2008 9:35 am

    what is pakistan’s zip code, And also Dis Gujranwala’s.

  22. Owais Mughal says:
    April 21st, 2008 9:41 am

    Tayyab, Gujranwala’s post code is 52250.

  23. inam says:
    April 27th, 2008 1:50 am

    I require zip code of ‘Kot Radha kishan Distrct Kasur ‘Punjab

  24. Owais Mughal says:
    April 27th, 2008 1:53 am

    @ Inam

    Kasur’s Postal code which will work for Kot Radha Kishan also is 55050

  25. muhammadharoon says:
    June 2nd, 2008 1:16 am

    i need postal code of mardan

  26. Faria S. says:
    June 10th, 2008 6:28 am

    I have been to both Pearl Street and Federal B Area. Your observation that many Pakistani’s are unaware of their own postal codes while the ‘Zip Code Man’ does is very true. We know so little about our own country, which is a great shame.

  27. kashif riaz says:
    June 24th, 2008 2:18 pm

    i need my city zip code.my city name is ‘TANK’.Please send me my city code

  28. Owais Mughal says:
    June 24th, 2008 8:05 pm

    Kashif, I believe Tank comes under Bannu’s postal code which is 28100

  29. Owais Mughal says:
    June 24th, 2008 8:07 pm

    Muhammad Haroon, Mardan’s postal code is 23200

  30. rameem says:
    August 1st, 2008 11:47 am

    i need postal code of islamabad

  31. Owais Mughal says:
    August 1st, 2008 2:40 pm

    Islamabad’s Postal Code is 44000

  32. Amir says:
    September 16th, 2008 2:47 am

    What is the Code of Faisalabad?

    Realy needed

  33. danish says:
    February 18th, 2009 6:06 am

    tell me postal code of sindh?

  34. Owais Mughal says:
    February 18th, 2009 8:40 am

    Danish, Sindh as a province does not have a postal code. Postal codes in Pakistan are given on smaller area. approx one postal code per district. which district’s postal code you are looking for?

  35. Golden Boy says:
    May 15th, 2009 2:55 am

    i need postal code of samanabad in faisalabad ? plz reply as soon as possible

  36. Owais Mughal says:
    May 15th, 2009 11:16 am

    Dear Golden boy, postal code for Samanabad in Faisalabad is 38000

  37. faisalabad says:
    May 28th, 2009 6:37 am

    i need postal code of faisalabad

  38. Owais Mughal says:
    May 28th, 2009 10:36 am

    Dear Faisalabad. The postal code of Faisalabad is 38000

  39. August 14th, 2009 7:23 am

    i will tell u the postal code of pakistan that is 54660 and for city code write postal code in google it will tell u yr area postal code okok thanks

  40. cookie monster says:
    June 15th, 2011 12:21 am

    hey im trying to send a package through UPS and they need me to get a zip code or postal code of some kind so i was wondering if u guys know what the postal code of Johar Town Lahore Punjab is…

  41. Owais Mughal says:
    June 15th, 2011 7:54 am

    Cookie Monster, here are the Lahore city postal codes under Lahore GPO 54000. I am not very familiar with ‘lahore ka gughrafia’ but most likely Johar town comes under PU New Campus post office

    LAHORE G.P.O 54000

    LAHORE ISMAIL NAGAR 54760
    LAHORE MULTAN ROAD 54500
    LAHORE NEW UNIVERSITY CAMPUS 54590
    LAHORE PMG PUNJAB POST OFFICE 54560
    LAHORE PT & T AUDIT 54550
    LAHORE PUNJAB GOVERNOR HOUSE 54880
    LAHORE SECONDARY BOARD 54650
    LAHORE SHADMAN WOMEN MODEL P.O 54610

  42. December 22nd, 2011 8:54 pm

    Plz send me a postal code bannu pakistan and a website url plz help any one youtube url and postal code

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