Monday, October 21, 2019

Article 370 Fallout: Pakistan Is No Longer Accepting Mail From India

New Delhi: In what has been called a violation of human rights and, at the very least, a signal of the irreparable worsening of relations between the two countries, Pakistan has stopped accepting and sending mails through post, from and to India.

According to a report by IANS, the decision came into effect on August 27, shortly after tensions heightened between the two countries amidst Pakistan’s vehement opposition to India’s decision to take away the special status of Jammu and Kashmir of August 5. Pakistan, which considers itself a party to the Kashmir case, has raised the issue with China’s help at the United Nations Security Council which took it up in a closed-door, off-the-record meeting. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan also brought it up at the General Assembly recently.

Pakistani correspondence reached India through services provided by the Saudi Arabia airlines, said the report.

Indian postal authorities, on the receiving end of a unilateral decision by Pakistan, have been compelled to put mail addressed to the country “on hold.”

Indian Express has quoted the director of postal services (mail and business development) as having noted that this is “the first time that Pakistan has taken such a stand.”
Posts between the two countries range from personal to legal to literary.

The Express report quotes the Foreign Post Offices superintendent at Delhi, Satish Kumar, as having said, “Most of the postal mails to Pakistan are dispatched by this [the Delhi] office and a majority of them are from Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.”
22/10/19 Wire
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