An anti-terrorism court sentenced three Muslim militants to life in prison on Tuesday for attempting to kill Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in 2002, a state prosecutor said.

The court found the three men guilty of plotting to kill Musharraf by setting off a car bomb as his convoy passed in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi.

However, the car did not explode because the remote control device used to detonate it malfunctioned, a judge at the Karachi anti-terrorism court said, according to state prosecutor Naimat Randhawa.