THE government should sit up and take notice now, even if it had not done so before. Industry is fleeing Pakistan. Not because Pakistan is such a bad place, but because it suffers from the sort of problems that are not supposed to exist in any industry-friendly country, let alone one which is trying to attract foreign investment: the law and order situation, which terrorism has sent out of control; the high markup, which the State Bank is refusing to bring down: but, most significantly, the loadshedding of both power and gas. More significant has been the industry affected: it has been Pakistani textiles. Though textiles are supposed to provide Pakistan with its exports, Pakistani businessmen are going abroad to invest in textiles there, beating the various problems they have at home. This shifting started in 2008, and has now reached 15 percent. It will reach 25 percent in the next six months if there is no improvement in the situation. This shift has occurred because units remaining in Pakistan cannot meet export orders received from abroad. Pakistani units are not receiving orders because importers felt they would not be able to meet them on time. Therefore, though Pakistani businessmen will continue to fill the orders, the exports will be credited to other countries, and the foreign exchange received will pay for those countries imports, not Pakistans. The Textile Ministry should be most concerned about the shifting of Pakistani industry to Bangladesh, but the Minister recently told the National Assembly that the measures in the textile policy recently announced would boost this industry in Pakistan. At present, what is needed is not so much the boosting of the textile industry in Pakistan, as its retention. For that, the government will have to take firmer action than it has done so far to end the law and order situation caused by the US War on Terror, and thus restore some normality to the situation. But most important is bringing an end to the loadshedding which foreign importers are also taking note of, along with local manufacturers.