Published: Wednesday 15 November 1995

-- Intellectual property rights have been given avirtualgoby in Pakistan. The evidence is the flood of pirated books, music, audio casets settes and computer software, mo smuggled in from the Far East Japan and Hong Ka China, Pakistani environmentalists, howe tend to challenge the concept of in lectual property rights as an extena of the international patenting isi I Western pharmaceutical companies, points out environmentalist and women's rights activist, Khawar Mumtaz are researaing and patenting these resources and Ima edge for commercial benefits without passing such be fits to the indigenous peoples.

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