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KARACHI – Labour leaders are urging the fashion industry to extend binding garment factory safety laws from Bangladesh to Pakistan amid a spate of factory fires in the country. The calls were made on the ninth anniversary of the Ali Enterprises factory fire in Karachi, which killed more than 250 workers only three weeks after the factory had been certified as safe by a commercial social auditing firm.

Labour leaders and NGOs now want the work of the recently established International Accord for Health and Safety in the Garment and Textile Industry – signed by many leading fashion brands last week – to be extended Pakistan.

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