|Formerly||Department of Post & Telegraph|
|Industry||Postal Service, Courier|
|Founded||14 August 1947|
|Headquarters||Aiwan-e-Sanat-o-Tijarat G-8/4 Islamabad,|
Number of locations
|Murad Saeed (Federal Minister for Postal Services), Zafar Hassan (Federal Secretary) Khalid Javed (Chairman & DG)|
|Products||Courier express services|
Freight forwarding services
|Revenue||₨14.77 billion (US$92 million) (FY 2018-19)|
Number of employees
Pakistan Post (Urdu: پاکستان ڈاک) is a state enterprise which functions as Pakistan's primary and largest postal operator. 49,502 employees through a vehicle fleet of 5,000 operate traditional "to the door" service from more than 13,419 post offices across the country, servicing over 50 million people. Pakistan Post operates under the autonomous "Postal Services Management Board" to deliver a full range of delivery, logistics and fulfillment services to customers. In addition to its traditional role, Pakistan Post also offers services such as Postal Life Insurance and Pakistan Post Savings Bank. It also operates services on behalf of the federal and provincial governments, by acting as a collection point for tax and utility bills.
Pakistan Post will stop opening new saving accounts or issuing any kind of saving certificates with effect from November 16, 2020, in order to comply with the requirements of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
Main article: Postage stamps and postal history of Pakistan
During the Mughul Empire and Samma dynasty, an early postal system developed along the banks of the Indus River in Sind beginning in the 13th century. The system consisted of runners or "dak" (ڈاک) who would carry letters from one point to another and then hand it off to the next runner who would do the same. Runners were paid according to distance traveled and weight of the letters. The system extended from Thatta in the south, through Kotri and Hyderabad and as far north as Sukkur. The system later expanded into lower Punjab (Multan and Bahawalpur). Letters could be exchanged by over two dozen runners before they reached their destination.
In February 1843, following the Battle of Miani, Sind fell to the British followed by Punjab in 1845. Sir Bartle Frere became the Chief Commissioner of Sindh in 1850 and improved upon the postal system by introducing a cheap and standard rate for postage, independent of distance traveled. In 1851, runners were replaced with horses and camels which proved to be beneficial as it quickly and efficiently transported mail, connecting government offices and post offices. In 1855, the Scinde Railway began taking over most mail routes however camels and horses were still used in regions where the railway had not yet reached. By 1886, the North Western State Railway was responsible for transporting most mail up and down the country. The postal system by now had been expanded from Karachi in the south to as far north as Gilgit.
Pakistan Post was established following its independence from Britain under the modified Post Office Act VI, 1898 and became operation on 14 August 1947. Pakistan Post fell under the Department of Posts and Telegraph in the Ministry of Communications. The Office of the Postmaster General was established in Lahore. In November 1947, Pakistan joined the Universal Postal Union as its 89th member. In 1948, Pakistan Post issued its first postage stamps, a set of four stamps commemorating the country's independence. In 1959, an "All-up-Airmail" scheme was introduced by which all letters were airlifted between stations on an air network. Sikorsky helicopters of Pakistan International Airlines were used to deliver mail within East Pakistan. In July 1962, the government bifurcated the old department and independently placed Pakistan Post under the Ministry of Communications. In January 1987, "Urgent Mail Service" was introduced in the country and in April 1987, "Local Packet & Parcel Service" was introduced. On 1 January 1988, five-digit postal codes were introduced nationwide. Between 1 August 1992 to 6 July 1996, the post office was separated from the Ministry of Communications and was made an independent corporation. From 1 December 1992, a new "Overseas Postal Circle" with its headquarters in Islamabad was launched, to streamline foreign mail. Prior to the Islamabad facility, all international mail was received and sent through Karachi. Between 2006 and 2007, mail was sent using 19 domestic airports including Chitral, Karachi, Lahore, Moenjodaro, Multan and Skardu. During the same period, four international airports were also used: Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar. In 2007, the Pakistan Post embarked on a new vision which included a logo change. On 3 November 2008, the department was placed under the postal division of the newly created Ministry of Postal Services. Senator Israr Ullah Zehri was appointed its first minister.
Pakistan Post is not merely confined to a number of postal services. Its areas of activities span on larger scale. The national character, strong brand recognition and a wide network of post offices bestows a unique position to the Pakistan Post in playing a vital role in the economic and social development of Pakistan. It serves as the principal agency for the government in implementing key policies. Pakistan Post is providing a variety of services on behalf of many federal and provincial government departments. In December 2018, Federal Minister for Communication and Postal Services Murad Saeed launched the Pakistan Post Mobile Application.
The following are postal services offered within the country.
The following are special services with their date of commencement given in brackets. Not all services are provided in every post office.
The following are services provided in partnership with private enterprise.
In 1987, the post office established a Postal Staff College in Islamabad to provide training to its employees in various fields. Over the years it has also imparted training to employees of 57 other postal services including Albania, Cambodia, Fiji, Kenya, Maldives, Nepal, Trinidad and Tobago and Zambia. It also has 5 regional training centres at Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Nowshera and Quetta.
On 26 October 2015, in an interview to the media, "A Pakistan Post official told the media that a new, comprehensive plan to revitalize the department had been chalked out, including staff training, electronic money transfer and tracking facilities etc. The aim is to bring the entity up to international standards of customer satisfaction."
On 15 October 2013, Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) of 10 member nations from Asia and Europe, in its 20th meeting at Baku, Azerbaijan decided to establish the "ECO Postal Staff College" at Islamabad, Pakistan to help train postal services staff for the 10 member nations. The 10 member nations were Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
In 2016, "Pakistan has been re-elected to the Council of Administration (CA) in the Universal Postal Union (UPU), the main decision-making body of the United Nations specialized agency responsible for the development and cooperation of International Postal Service."
Post offices in Pakistan by Fiscal Year (July to June):
This is a chart of trend of incomes of Pakistan Post from diversified public services such as post, parcel, banking, insurance, with figures in millions of Pakistani Rupees.
|Year||Revenue (in millions ₨)||Profit/(Loss)|