Pakistan is understood to be negotiating free trade agreements (FTAs) with Thailand, Turkey, and Korea in a bid to boost exports.

Federal Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan met with the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association this week to begin discussions, The Nation reported.

The Minister assured textile exporters of full support in restoring the zero-rating sales tax regime and expeditious clearance of refund claims in order to give a boost to exports.

"The export-oriented sector is the bread winner for the country and the government is trying its best to facilitate it," he told the media after the meeting, adding that export diversification was widely recognised as a positive trade policy objective in sustaining economic growth.

Pakistan's main export markets are the EU, the US and China. In 2013, apparel exports from the country were worth around US$13.74bn.

It currently has four FTAs under the South Asia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) with China, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and India.