A number of textile mills in Pakistan have resumed production following the return of global textile demand and higher prices of textile and clothing products in the country.

Textile exports have been buoyed by the depreciation of local currency, Free Trade Agreements (FTA) with China, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia, Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) with Iran and a number of initiatives announced under the country's first five-year textile policy 2009-14.

Textile and clothing shipments from the country surged by 20% to US$912m during the month of October compared with the same month last year.

A spokesperson for the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) told just-style that the government's winter gas load management programme is helping too.

Among the mills that have revived production in the north of Pakistan are Ali Akbar Spinning Mills Anmol Textiles Mills, Arain Fiber, Arain Mills, Arain Textile Mills, Ashraf Spinning Mills, Bilal Spinning Mills, Blue Star Spinning Mills, Harum Textile, Lahore spinning, Mehtabi spinning mills, Olympia textiles Mills, Paradise Fibers, Paradise Spinning Mills, Suleman Spinning Mills, Zahra Spinning and Weaving, and Manzoor Textile Mills.