Pakistan’s federal Government has begun talks with cotton yarn producers to resolve the controversy surrounding its decision to impose a 15% duty on yarn exports.

Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani has invited the leadership of APTMA for a second round of talks today (21 May) at Islamabad.

Yarn spinning plants remained closed for a second consecutive day on Wednesday, as workers and plant owners held protest rallies in Karachi, Multan, Faisalabad, Lahore, and Peshawar.

They chanted and displayed slogans against the country’s ministry of textile industry.

Around 15,000 tonnes of cotton yarn production was hit by the two-day strike.

Ejaz Gohar, chairman of the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Punjab, warned that the spinning plants would observe a complete shutdown if the talks did not produce positive results.