The Lahore High Court (LHC) has approved an extension of market hours for the provincial capital, Samaa has reported. The decision has been taken keeping in mind that Eid-ul-Fitr is now around the corner and shoppers will throng markets.

Justice Shahid Karim was informed during the hearing of a petition to reduce smog in the city that most people go for shopping after Iftar.


He was also informed that the business community would lose money if marketplaces weren’t allowed to stay open until late at night. After hearing the arguments, the court allowed extension of market timings in Lahore.

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Previously, the markets in Punjab’s capital were allowed to stay open till 10pm.