LAHORE - An anti-terrorism court (ATC) Wednesday awarded five-year rigorous imprisonment to a 38-year-old woman after charges of spying for Al-Qaeda were proved against her.

According to media reports the court sentenced Maria Sultan to five years imprisonment and also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on her.

The court announced the verdict after the prosecution department of Punjab government presented relevant evidence in the case.

According to the charge-sheet, Maria was a member of Al-Qaeda's Lahore chapter.

She allegedly provided sensitive information about the offices of intelligence agencies and some officers to the members of the Al-Qaeda network.

She was caught spying near an office of an intelligence agency in Lahore and a case was registered against her for spying.

"On her information the law enforcement agencies are trying to reach the other members of the network," the court was informed.