LAHORE: The Lahore High Court relaxed trading hours on Friday, allowing all markets to remain open until 1 a.m. until Eidul Fitr.
Every week, Justice Shahid Karim held a hearing on a variety of environmental issues.
Before the fasting month began, the court ordered that eateries and bakeries close at 10 p.m. during the first five days of the week and at 11 p.m. on weekends.
The traders had asked the judge to relax the business hours during Ramazan because people go shopping for Eid after Iftar and Tarahweeh.
Due to the approaching Eidul Fitr, Justice Karim granted the request and extended market hours until 1 a.m.
Taking up the issue of trees, the judge stated that tree felling would no longer be tolerated.
He pointed out that Americans were not even permitted to cut trees inside their homes.
The Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) was ordered by the judge to submit its next tree-planting campaign in the city.
To combat hot weather, a police officer proposed planting trees alongside the city canal.
The judge ordered the Water and Sanitation Agency to re-evaluate the groundwater level in Lahore.
He continued the hearing until April 14 and directed the deputy commissioner to submit a new report on the action taken against brick kilns for failing to switch to new environmentally friendly technology.
Last week, the judge allowed bakeries to stay open until 1 a.m. every day during Ramadan.