Spreads knowledge about journey of the centuries old postalservices on the planet.

MIRPUR (AJK): Oct. 9: Like rest of the globe, Universal Postal Day was also observed in Azad Jammu & Kashmir on Monday to raise awarenessamong the people about the importance of the postal services in this regime of fastest means of communications including internet and SMS.

Special ceremonies were held under the auspices of Pakistan Post at various majorstations in AJK including Mirpur whole the day to highlight importance of thepostal services department to maintain liaison among the people from one placeto another across the world.

Speakershighlighted various newly-introduced postal services of the Pakistan Postincluding the fast fax, saving bank deposits, internet western union money transfer, money order and electronic money order and other services beingprovided to the people across the country including Azad Jammu Kashmir. The observance of the post day was also aimed at to create and maintain a structurefor the free flow of international mail around the world.

In Mirpur the students and teachers of various Schools attended a ceremony held inGeneral Post Office here Monday Morning. Postal Service Officials including ChiefPost Master Mohammad Arif KhanNiazi and other officials including ShabbirHussain Chaudhry and Mrs. Shamaila Shahid apprised the audience of various existing and upcoming components of the postal services in the back drop of its long history.

The CPM released on this occasion the special message of Director General of UniversalPostal Union on the World Post Day depicting the importance of the postalservices at present and the times to come.

ThePostal Service officials responded to the series of queries about the advent and importance of the postal services in the world, reached from the students and other participants ofthe ceremony about the services being provided by Pakistan Post to the massesand abroad.

The students visited various sections ofthe GPO where they were apprised of the performance of the postal services harmonious to the need of the modern age.

From the earliest times in history, “postal services” existed in the form of messengerswho travelled large distances on foot or horseback. In the 1600s and 1700s,many countries set up national postage systems and entered into bilateralagreements for the exchange of mail between countries.

By the late 1800s there was alarge web of bilateral agreements that made the distribution of internationalmail complicated, nontransparent and inefficient.

In 1863, Montgomery Blair,Postmaster General in the United States of America, organized a conference ofrepresentatives from 15 European and American countries.

During this conference, the delegates laid down a number of general principles for mutual agreements on international postal services but did not create an internationalpostal agreement.

On September 15, 1874, Heinrich von Stephan, a senior postal official in theNorth German Confederation (an area that now forms parts of Germany, Polandand Russia), opened aconference in Berne, Switzerland, with delegates from 22countries.

On October 9, 1874, the delegates signedthe Treaty of Berne and established the General Postal Union. The number ofcountries that were members of the General Postal Union grew rapidly and theunion’s name was changed to the Universal Postal Union in 1878.

In 1948, the Universal Postal Union became a specialized agency of the UnitedNations.

The 16th Universal Postal Union Congress was held in Tokyo, Japan,from October 1 to November 16, 1969. During this conference the delegates votedto declare October 9 each year as World Post Day.