LAHORE - A division bench of the Lahore High Court on Tuesday asked both parties for arguments in an appeal challenging lesser punishment to Hijratullah, convict of terrorism attack on Manawan Police Training School.

During the proceedings on Tuesday, the prosecutor highlighted the seriousness of criminal offences the convict, Hijratullah, already confessed to before the police. He told the bench that Hijratullah already admitted that he carried out terror activities on Baitullah Mehsood’s instructions. But the trial court, he added, awarded Hijratullah only 10-year imprisonment for attempting to destroy a military helicopter during a military operation against the terrorist attack on Police Training School Manawan in 2009.

The prosecution further told the judge that the convict along with other 12 terrorists on March 30, 2009 attacked Manawan Police Training Centre with hand grenades and bombs in which 22 police officials were killed and 100 others were injured.

The security personnel took a man under custody on suspicion and when searched his body found a grenade from his possession, a dagger and some papers, the prosecutor said.

He was, later on, identified as Hijratullah alias Shakirullah, son of Matiullah, caste Kakar Pathan, resident of Charsadda. An FIR under the Explosive Substances Act 1908, 13(20)65 of Arms Ordinance and Section 7 of Anti-Terrorism Act was registered against him at Manawan police station.

The prosecutor further submitted that it had produced 12 witnesses before the trial court and proved Hijratullah guilty while the presence of the accused also proved that he was directly involved in the attack.

He further argued that the trial court awarded Hijratullah lesser punishment while he deserved life imprisonment instead of 10 years imprisonment.

The prosecution requested the court to modify and alter the judgment of the trial court and the accused be awarded life imprisonment.

However, the bench adjourned the proceedings and will resume hearing on April 27.