Monday, October 21, 2019

India slams Pakistan for stopping postal mail service between nations

In signs of worsening of relations between the two countries, Pakistan has stopped postal mails from and to India, a move that New Delhi slammed as a violation of established international norms.

Pakistan has not accepted any postal consignment from India after August 27 in a move seen as a retaliation of scrapping of special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370.

Communications and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is also in-charge of the postal department, said Islamabad resorted to stopping postal mail services unilaterally and without giving any prior notice to India.

"Pakistan's decision is directly in contravention of world postal union norms. But Pakistan is Pakistan," Prasad said on the sidelines of an event.
With Pakistan refusing to accept and send mails through the post, from and to India, Indian postal authorities have been compelled to put mail addressed to the country on hold.

Reports suggest Pakistani correspondence was reaching India through services provided by the Saudi Arabian airlines.

Prasad confirmed reports that the postal services have stopped for the last two months.

Pakistan has, without any prior notice or information, stopped sending postal department's letters to India, prompting India to act accordingly, the minister said.
21/10/19 PTI/Telegraph
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