KARACHI - Pakistani textile manufacturers are least interested in setting up industrial units in the proposed Reconstruction Opportunities Zones in NWFP because of unattractive incentives being offered by the United States and critical law and order situation in terror-hit NWFP, an industrialist said. It would be very risky to establish industrial units in the proposed ROZ in NWFP as the province is in grip of war-like situation, Akbar Sheikh President All Pakistan Textile Mills Association, Punjab told The Nation. The incentives being offered by the United States are unattractive while law and order situation in NWFP is extremely critical there, he added. Sheikh is a member of APTMA team that discussed the creation of Reconstruction Opportunities Zones in NWFP with the US officials who visited Pakistan in 2006, when the then US President George W. Bush unveiled an economic package for Pakistan in the wake of the most devastating earthquake to support rehabilitation and reconstruction process there, he added. The US authorities promised to provide major relief in customs duty on the import of textile and other products from the units to be established in the ROZs, he said. The US officials are presenting a draft of the scheme before Congress for its approval this year, he added. Another member of APTMA said out of 20 major categories of textile, the US is offering duty-free import of bed linen from the ROZs. Currently, the US is imposing six per cent duty on the import of bed linen from Pakistan and why the textile manufacturers take the risk of establishing units in NWFP for this meagre incentive, he added. APTMA requested the US officials to include Punjab province in the ROZs scheme, but they did not agree to it, he said. Textile exports contribute 70 per cent to the total export proceeds of Pakistan, he said adding, the US should include Punjab province in the ROZs scheme and also allow import of all the textile products at zero duty. Otherwise, not a single textile manufacturer would shift to NWFP merely to get a paltry incentive on the export of bed linen, he said. APTMA members said that the United States is the largest trade partner of Pakistan. Every year Pakistan earns about $2.5 billion profit in bilateral trade with the US, they said. Major exports to the United States are textile garments, towels, bed linen, cotton yarn, cotton cloth, sports, surgical goods, leather garments, carpets and artificial jewellery.