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Two Tragic Factory Fires Highlight Safety Failures in Pakistan's Garment Industry

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At least 289 people have died in a huge fire at a clothing factory in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi. (Photo: BBC screengrab)

Two factory blazes in Pakistan killed more than 300 workers last night, highlighting the country's long-standing problems with workplace safety. The BBC's Aleem Maqbool says Pakistan's cheap clothing sold to Western markets comes at the cost of safety features like sprinklers and fire exits.

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Two factory blazes in Pakistan killed more than 300 workers Tuesday night, highlighting the country's long-standing problems with workplace safety.

In Karachi, at least 289 people died in a garment factory that had no emergency exits. Twenty-five more people died in a fire in a Lahore shoe factory.

The BBC's Aleem Maqbool says Pakistan's cheap clothing sold to Western markets comes at the cost of safety features like sprinklers and fire exits.

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