A Pakistani militant has been awarded life imprisonment by a local court here for planting a bomb in a matador van in 1994 which left seven persons dead.

Third additional sessions Judge R S Jain in a judgment on Friday, said that the convict Sanaullah had confessed to the crime.

The court sentenced Sanaullah to life imprisonment for planting and exploding the bomb in a matador van where seven passengers were killed and 16 were injured.

According to prosecution, Sanaullah who belongs to Dalowali in Sialkote area of Pakistan, after crossing the border had stayed with another accused Kesar Lal on July 15, 1994.

Next day, he travelled in a matador from Miran Sahib and kept a time bomb under his seat and alighted from the van enroute.

Sanaullah, who was caught on December 27, 1995 for crossing the border illegally and was sentenced to imprisonment of nine months by the concerned court.

During the investigation, he had confessed to have conducted several blasts and was taken to court of Judicial Magistrate from where he was send to judicial custody in Central Jail Jammu.

On July 21, 1998, the accused was presented in the Judicial court at R S Pura wherein he confessed that in 1994 and 1995 he had caused 12 bomb blasts in Jammu area, including the one in matador on July 16, 1994.