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The small town of Sialkot, which supplies hand-sewn soccer balls for the World Cup, is one of Pakistan's few export success stories.   © Reuters
The Big Story

Pakistan struggles to reverse decades of industrial decline

Lack of export policy bites as India and other rivals pull further ahead

HENNY SENDER, Nikkei Asian Review columnist | Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan

ISLAMABAD -- Outside the office of Illango Patchamuthu, who heads the World Bank office in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, is a pamphlet touting the virtues of the soccer balls that will be used when Qatar sponsors the 2022 World Cup. That's because those balls are made in Sialkot, a small city in Punjab, the wealthiest province in Pakistan.

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