By Rafique Chakar
This is the Post Office Punjgur that had been burnt down by the violent protestors many years ago.


“The indifferent attitude of the postal high-ups toward the post office is leaving a big question mark on the utility of postal services,” these are the remarks of the Deputy District Education officer Riaz Saeed Baloch who spoke with PakVoices on the sorry state of the Post Office in the district.

Post Office is not the only building in the province that is showing a dismal picture as PakVoices has covered extensively many other public institutions in recent days. From public libraries to the schools and the post office have gone completely dysfunctional.
In the case of the Post Office, It appears ‘bombed’, just like the school building that PakVoices covered earlier, as it had been burnt by the violent protestors some seven years ago.
Speaking candidly about the sorry state of the post office, senior education officer Baloch commented, “The late arrival of official letters and documents is also becoming a problem for other institutions working in the area.”
A resident from Chatkan Malik Muhammad Baloch told PakVoices, “Correspondence can take weeks if not months these days in the district.”
The building appears in shabby condition with no signs of becoming functional anytime soon.
He told this scribe that Panjgur was once called the Gate of Education, as a considerable number of people in the district used to spend their time on reading material that they would get via post office.
“Youngsters used to come to the post office to get magazines and books and a trend of reading was set which led to a positive impact on studies,” he recalled.
He went on to say: “But now with no Post office building, the trend is finishing plunging the youth into feelings of depression and disappointment.”
Many institutions, especially in the public sector, depend on the Post Office for their correspondence and carrying out official business.
Like education department, many other institutions including the judiciary are suffering due to the dysfunctional post office. It’s causing extraordinary delays in the court proceedings as the court officer Rashid Ali explained while talking to PakVoices, “We face more difficulty in sending out the summons, other court proceedings and documents.”
He continued, “Summons often do not reach the accused on time due to which the court proceedings are delayed.”
Social activist Kaleemullah Baloch talking to Pak Voices told, “Precious time of many students is wasted due to the late arrival of roll number slips and call letters.”
He said, “Official correspondence of many public service departments has come to a near halt.”
Malik Muhammad Baloch lamented, “All the post office boxes have shut down due to which the process of receiving books and magazines has stopped.”
Rafique Chakar is working with PakVoices as a citizen journalist from Punjgur. 
All photos by the author.
Translated and edited by Aneela Riazuddin