Value-added textile sector to move SC for ban on yarn export

FAISALABAD - The value-added textile sector of the country has unanimously decided to file a writ petition in Supreme Court if the government fails to clamp ban on export of yarn within five days. This was announced at a 'Textiled Saviour Day Convention held here Tuesday under the aegis of Pakistan Textile Exporters Association and Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers and Exporters Association in which 14 representative textile related associations participated. The convention was told that competent lawyers are completing home work in this regard. These trade bodies included, Pakistan Exporters Association, Pakistan Hosiery Exporters Association, All-Pakistan Textile Processing Mills Association, Council of Looms Owners, All-Pakistan Textile Sizing Association, Pakistan Cotton Powerlooms Associations, Towel Manufacturers Association, Pakistan Cotton Fashion Apparal Association, Pakistan Ready Garments Association, Pakistan Cloth Merchants Association, Pakistan Apparal Forum, Pakistan Denim Manufactures Association, Sports Wear Exporters Association, Pakistan Ready made Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association and All-Pakistan bed sheet and up-holstry Manufacturers Association. Addressing the meeting, Chairman, Pakistan Apparels Association, Jawaid Balwani said that 350 members of the APTMA has made the entire textile sector as hostage. He said that all sections belonging to value added industry is diverting the attention of government toward excessive export of yarn and sky-rocketing prices of yarn and its non-availability in domestic market but nothing materialized so far. He said that such state of affairs continued, lacs of textile sector workers would become jobless and demonstrate on roads and thus it would not be possible for the government to maintain law and order in the country. He said that these crisis in textile industry are due to faulty policies of the government. He told that Bangla Desh is earning 14 billion dollars per year from value added sector despite the fact that it do not produce cotton. He said that todays convention is the first step of the textile sector to save the value added sector and the country and announced that similar Convention would be held at Siakot, Karachi, Lahore and other cities. He said that under GATT, the export of yarn is not compulsory because China, India, Bangla Desh and Sri Lanka have also imposed restrictions for export of raw material to save their indigenous industry. He said that Pakistan government was giving 32 billion rupees subsidy for development of agriculture in the country but it was depriving the value added sector by constant unchecked export of yarn which has created shortage of yarn in the country and its prices have jumped to 50 per cent high. Addressing the Convention, Chairman, Pakistan Textile Exporters Association, Khurram Mukhtar, said that the Organization related to Value added Textile Sector were individually struggling for redressal of their just problems for the last 2-3 months but now they have organized this country-wide convention to collectively renew their efforts to save the value-added industry. He urged the leaders of all the 14 Trade Bodies to jointly evolve a strategy to solve this issue without any further delay. He said the export of cotton has inflicted a colossal financial loss to value added textile sector and brought it to the brink of total collapse. Chairman, Pakistan Ready Made Garments Association, Mohsin Ayub, Chairman, Pakistan Cotton Fashion Apparel Association, Dr Shahzad Arshad, Chairman Sweaters Association, Kamran Chandna and Chairman Pakistan Towels Association, Waqar Alam, also addressed the convention and lashed out at government for liberal export of yarn. They demanded imposition of immediate ban on export of yarn to ensure competitive prices and its availability in the domestic market. Chairman, All-Pakistan Textile Processing Mills Association, Mian Aftab Ahmed and Chairman Pakistan Cotton Powerlooms Association, Rana Ikhlaq Ahmed Ahmed, also spoke on this occasion and demanded of government to impose complete ban on export of yarn to save the value added textile and powerlooms sector from total annihilation.

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