Pakistan’s five export-oriented manufacturers’ bodies, primarily based in Sialkot, have urged the government to continue the zero-rating sales tax regime in the budget 2019-20, fearing the country’s export might drop further to $21 bn from $23.7 bn now. Such a step would have adverse effect on the policy to generate 10,000,000 jobs, they feel. The five zero-rated exporters’ bodies—of value-added textiles, leather, carpets, surgical instruments and sports goods—recently called an emergency meeting hosted by the Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA).