A senior government official on Thursday called on US trade chiefs to improve market access for Pakistan's clothing and textile products.

Finance Minister Shaukat Aziz told the US State Department's director for policy planning, Richard Haas, that: "We look forward to high market access for our textiles, as higher quotas would generate economic activity and create jobs."

Aziz met Haas during the latter's visit to Islamabad to discuss bilateral relations between the two nations. Around a third of Pakistan's textile exports end up in the US and for months has been pressing the US for similar concessions granted by the EU.