[ti:Former Pakistani Military Ruler Musharraf Sentenced to Death][by:shang05.com][00:00.00]更多听力请访问shang05.com[00:00.04]A court in Pakistan announced Tuesday that former president[00:04.76]and military ruler Pervez Musharraf is guilty of high treason.[00:10.52]The court sentenced him to death.[00:14.52]The treason charge was tied to Musharraf's declaration of emergency rule in 2007.[00:22.24]It is the first time a Pakistani court has tried and convicted a military leader.[00:29.60]Musharraf came to power after the military ousted the government in 1999.[00:37.44]The treason case has been moving through the courts since 2014 when Musharraf was charged.[00:44.40]He has been in Dubai for medical treatment since 2016.[00:50.92]Pakistani justice officials have asked the former president[00:55.00]to return and answer questions in court several times.[01:00.32]But he has said he could not return for medical reasons.[01:06.52]Earlier this month, from a hospital in Dubai, Musharraf expressed his distrust in the judicial process.[01:16.00]He described himself as a victim of it.[01:20.20]The major opposition parties in Pakistan praised the court decision[01:25.64]as protection against future military overthrows.[01:30.60]The country has spent more than half of its existence under direct military rule.[01:38.00]Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is the leader of the Pakistan People's Party.[01:43.88]He is the son of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who was murdered in 2007.[01:51.76]He wrote on Twitter Tuesday: "Democracy is the best revenge."[01:58.80]Pakistan's government, considered close to the military,[02:02.92]did not issue an official statement on the conviction.[02:08.00]However, at least one government minister expressed concerns about the court's decision.[02:16.00]"We need to unite the country. Why take decisions that divide the nation[02:21.80]and its institutions?" wrote Fawad Chaudhry, the minister for science and technology.[02:30.04]Political observers say carrying out the sentence may not be easy[02:35.08]in a country where the military is still considered to be Pakistan's most powerful institution.[02:43.00]Pakistanis are discussing the court's decision on Twitter.[02:48.40]Activist Ammar Ali Jan wrote "I oppose death penalty even for criminals like Musharraf.[02:56.00]Yet, this decision is imp(ortant) since it challenges the history of impunity for Generals..."[03:04.32]Other Pakistanis disagreed.[03:07.32]"Whatever is happening with him, I think this would be a miscarriage of justice in the history of Pakistan.[03:15.76]What he did on 3rd Nov 2007, was it a right or wrong move,[03:21.56]that's debatable," tweeted retired army general Ghulam Mustafa.[03:27.96]I'm Jonathan Evans. 更多听力请访问shang05.com