An analysis by the BBC’s Syed Shoaib Hasan (there are now 289 dead – more than the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City in 1911, but for the same reasons)
It is not just textile mills – industries across Pakistan are increasingly prone to disaster. Sometimes it is the collapse of poorly constructed premises – but fires remain the main danger.
In general, the problem is the same that plagues all matters of governance in Pakistan – enforcement of the law. Industrial standards are disregarded to minimize cost as inspectors are paid to look the other way.
Textile factories are particularly at risk because of the lethal combination of chemical dyes and stacks of cotton often stored next to each other – ensuring a deadly result. more at the link