A new trade organisation to safeguard the interests of Pakistan's leather garments exporters has been set up after a 28 per cent fall in exports triggered by the devastating terrorist attacks on New York and the Pentagon

Pakistan Leather Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PLGMEA) chairman, Mr Fawad Aijaz, said the first act of the new body would be to approach the government to put in place  measures to protect leather garment exports from Pakistan.

He said he feared a drop of over 40 per cent between October and December 2001, if the government does not act and that leather and leather garments were most affected after textiles by the spending plunge after the September 11 attacks.

He added that manufacturers have received no further export orders since those placed prior to September.