KARACHI - All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) has appealed the government to intervene in the matter of cotton yarn quota restriction and provide justice to spinning industry. Addressing a press conference here Tuesday, chairman APTMA Anwar A Tata said that the general body of the association has unanimously decided to dissociate with Ministry of Textile due to its alleged biased and discriminatory policies. He said that APTMAs zonal bodies from Peshawar, Multan, Lahore, Faisalabad, attending the meeting via video conference, have strongly opposed the unilateral imposition of quota on yarn export. Tata pointed out that the meeting has decided to go on strike in case Textile Ministry fails to take withdraw quota restriction within ten days. He said the meeting has also appointed a committee to take future line of action regarding the protest against quota restriction. To a question, he said that at least 30 spinning units have approached the court of law to seek the withdrawal of controversial SRO which reduced the yarn export limit from 50,000 tons to 35,000 tons. He alleged that the Ministry was unduly supporting downstream industry and this attitude will badly hurt the spinning sector which is in its revival stage after three years extensive shocks to raw material shortage. He pointed out that Rs 140 billion or 30 percent of the total non-performing loans of Rs 410 billion belonged to spinning sector due to last three years losses. Tata said that spinning sector had carried an unsold stock of 60,000 tons of yarn from last years production. The situation has improved this year due to cotton crop failure in China which led the world largest textile exporter to buy cotton yarn from Pakistan. He maintained that spinning sector was producing 240,000 tons of yarn, of which 50,000 is surplus. Former President FPCCI S M Muneer expressed fears that export of cotton yarn will be stopped in next few days. This will lead to closure of spinning sector and value added sector will not be able to buy locally produced yarn, he added. He pointed out that efforts are made to seek appointment with the PM or President of Pakistan to explain the point of view of APTMA and seek relief.