Direct foreign investment in Pakistan's vital textile industry has more than doubled in the past fiscal year to nearly $11 million, it was revealed on Monday.

According to the Economic Survey of 2001-2002, direct overseas investment climbed from $4.6m in July-March 2000-01 to $10.5m in the same period this year. It added that textile exports also grew but did not reveal any exact figures.

The survey also revealed Pakistan's manufacturing sector grew 4.4 per cent in the recent fiscal year - its best performance for 10 years - despite the adverse impact of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the US and subsequent US-led war on terror in neighbouring Afghanistan.