Pakistan resumes postal mail services with India
Pakistan resumed postal mail services with India after lifting the ban on delivery of letters to and from India
Islamabad: Pakistan has resumed postal mail services with India and lifted the ban on the delivery of letters, reported Pakistani media.
Parcel services, however, still remain banned, reports added. Islamabad unilaterally downgraded diplomatic relations with New Delhi following India's decision to abrogate Article 370 and bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories.
In August, it suspended postal mail services and partially shut its airspace.
India had slammed Pakistan for discontinuing the service between the two countries and said that the move was in contravention of international norms.
"Pakistan has stopped postal services to India for the last two months. After Pakistan has stopped it, our postal department has also thought of taking appropriate action," Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, had said on October 21.
Pakistan had not accepted any postal consignment from India after August 27 in a move seen as a retaliation to scrapping of special status for Jammu and Kashmir.
Tensions between India and Pakistan had been simmering and spiked after New Delhi abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir's special status.
India's decision evoked strong reactions from Pakistan, which downgraded diplomatic ties. India has, however, said that the abrogation of Article 370 is its "internal matter".