LAHORE - The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry has given a wake-up call to the economic managers of the government and urged them to take the textile sector closure threats seriously by initiating serious measures to save it from a total collapse. The call was given by LCCI Senior Vice President Tahir Javaid Malik while presiding over a meeting of the owners of textile units here at Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Convener LCCI Standing Committee on textiles Tariq Mehmood of Sitara Group, Chairman All Pakistan Textile Mills Association Punjab Akber Sheikh and former LCCI Executive Committee members Wisal Mannoo and Shafique Riaz also spoke on the occasion. The LCCI Senior Vice President urged the govt to direct the banks to stop charging mark-up from the textile industry because the industry is not in a position to service the bank loans due to suspension of production activities Tahir Javaid Malik also stressed the need for hectic lobbying on the part of the government to ensure duty-free access of Pakistani textiles to Europe and the United States as if Pakistan wins duty-free access, it would also help bring the industry out of crisis. The LCCI Senior Vice resident said that this is for the first time in the history of the country that the textile sector which contributes more than 60 per cent to the country's total exports, has a share of 46 per cent in total manufacturing and employs 38 per cent of the total workforce is in deep trouble and seeking some bailout package from the government. Tahir was of the view that at a moment when China and India were giving concession to the textile sectors, the Pakistani textile industry was fighting for its survival. How it could remain competitive when Pakistan's textile sector was enduring heavy electricity and gas loadshedding besides high mark-up and high cost of doing business. He said the affected industrial units being export oriented were unable to meet their export commitments on account of production stoppages due to non-availability of energy. Millions of jobs of labourers are at stake. Textile sector is already suffering losses of millions of rupees due to sudden rise in the input costs. Tahir Javaid Malik said that Energy supply and economic growth were interlinked. Long hours of electricity supply suspension had slowed down the pace of industrial growth in the country. The LCCI Senior Vice President appealed to the President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani and Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif to take urgent measures for saving the millions of people attached with Textile sector from losing their jobs as the closure of textile units means mass lay-offs.