Chief Justice Lahore High Court (LHC), Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan has ordered the Punjab government to conduct free burials in graveyards. Across Punjab, a ban has been imposed on the collection of money for the burial process. LHC Justice issued an eight-page written verdict on the matter. It was stated in the document that the Punjab government should change laws regarding burials. He also included hadiths and international laws in the verdict. Chief Justice Qasim Khan wrote in the decision that citizens pay taxes to the government all their lives for buying various items. Even in death, they are charged money in the name of graves and other things, he added. “It is the responsibility of the government to bear the cost of burial of the citizens. The law should be amended so that the administration can provide free transport to the cemetery for burial,” he remarked. It was further suggested in the verdict that administration should take steps to maintain the cemeteries and plant trees. It was also made compulsory for Lahore Development Authority (LDA) to allocate land for graveyards in private housing societies.