FAISALABAD, Jan 17: An anti-terrorism court on Thursday handed down capital punishment on 48 counts to a man involved in a suicide car bombing in Faisalabad in 2011.

On March 8, 24 people were killed and several injured in a suicide car bombing at a CNG station near the offices of an intelligence agency on The Mall.

The judge on Thursday concluded the hearing of the case at the District Jail, where convict Usman Ghani alias Abu Hamza was detained.

The judge imposed a fine of Rs1.2 million on Ghani and told him to pay the same amount to victims as compensation.

The judge also handed down 10-year imprisonment to the convict on 14 counts along with a Rs420,000 fine.

The court acquitted accused Abdur Rehman, giving him the benefit of the doubt.

Ghani told investigators that he had been a student of a seminary in Karachi and he was sent to Afghanistan in 2007 by Abdullah Shah of Karachi for war training. He was trained in the use of hand-grenade, rocket launcher, Kalashnikov and other weapons during his one-and-a-half months stay in Afghanistan.

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