Pakistan Post Office raises foreign postal rates

Postal rates for articles and letters posted to foreign countries from Pakistan have been raised from the current month by the Pakistan Post Office (PPO) without any prior intimation or announcement.

The highest increase in postal rates is for of airmail articles. This increase in postal rates for articles mailed to countries abroad by air is the third such arbitrary increase by the Post Office establishment of Pakistan since October 1999 when the military government led by General Pervez Musharraf took over power in a coup in the country.

Users have strongly protested against this arbitrary increase in postal rates for countries abroad from Pakistan by air. Several users said that the airmail rates from Pakistan for envelopes, letters, book post material etc are now one of the highest in this region.

Users have also expressed regret that the Post Office department increases the rates arbitrary without any reference to the public. They have urged upon President Musharraf to order the withdrawal of the latest arbitrary increase in the foreign airmail postal rates by the Pakistan Post Office.

It may be mentioned here that the government in 2000 increased the internal postal rates. It raised the envelope postage rates within the country from Rs two to a minimum of Rs four and the reduced postal rates for the newspapers and magazine from paisa 25 to Re one per article. The general public strongly protested against the arbitrary but it was to no avail.

People using the airmail service of Pakistan Post Office say that the new enhanced rates for postage from the country by the Pakistan Post Office will only help the private couriers operating world-wide as much of the foreign postal traffic of urgent nature will be diverted to the courier services.-UPP Copyright 2002 Business Recorder. Source : Financial Times Information Limited

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