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.