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Pakistan Suspends Exchange of Postal Mails

  • 06 Nov 2019
  • 2 min read

In a unilateral decision, Pakistan has stopped the exchange of postal mails with India without any prior notice.

  • Under Universal Postal Union (UPU) rules, when a country decides to suspend postal exchange with a country, it must notify the operator of the other country and, if possible, the duration for which services are being stopped.
    • The UPU’s International Bureau too has to be notified.
  • Apart from UPU rules, three other agreements cover postal exchange between India and Pakistan:
    • Exchange of Value Payable Article, 1948
    • Exchange of Postal Article, 1974
    • International Speed Post Agreement, 1987

Universal Postal Union (UPU)

  • Universal Postal Union is the specialized agency of the United Nations.
  • It was established in 1874 and is the second oldest international organization worldwide after International Telecommunication Union (1865).
  • Its headquarter is located in Bern, Switzerland, and consists of 192 member countries.
  • The UPU consists of 4 bodies:
    • The Congress
    • The Council of Administration
    • The Postal Operations Council
    • The International Bureau
  • It frames rules for international mail exchange and fixes rates for international postal services.
  • It performs advisory, mediating and liaison role, and provides technical assistance where needed.
  • India joined the UPU in 1876.

Source: The Indian Express

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