Rawalpindi - An anti-terrorism court (ATC) yesterday awarded 35 years imprisonment to a man held by police for carrying huge quantity of explosive material.

The court convicted Muhammad Abrar Hussain for keeping 122.7-kg explosive material without lawful permission.

According to details, the court handed down 14 years jail term to the convict for terrorism, another 14 years for carrying heavy quantity of explosives while seven more years for keeping the explosives unlawfully.

Abrar was arrested in Chakwal on June 1, 2015 when he was bringing the explosive material from Jhelum in a vehicle. The police registered a case against him under section 7 of the anti-terrorism act and sections 4 and 5 of the explosive substance act. The seized explosive material included sulphur, potassium and gunpowder.

Abrar, 32, in his defence had informed the court that he dealt in business of preparing firework items. He said that he had license to buy the explosive material. The licence, produced by the convict in the court, was expired.

Further, the licence allowed the convict to keep only five kilograms explosive material.