The governor Sindh Saeeduz Zaman Siddiqui has lost his breath at the age of 78 in a private hospital in Karachi after long illness while PM Nawaz Sharif expressed deep sorrow over his death.
Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Durrani appointed as acting governor of Sindh.
Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali expressed grief and sorrow over the said demise of the Sindh governor. He also announced that the provincial government will observe one-day mourning on Thursday.
The former chief justice of Pakistan was admitted in South City Hospital for one month and being treated chest congestion.
Governor Sindh Justice (Rtd) Saeeduz Zaman Siddiqui has taken oath of his post on November 11, replacing Dr Ishartul Ebad, but he fell ill soon after and admitted in hospital for weeks. He was the 31th governor of Sindh and his tenure last just two months.
After remaining under treatment for over 30 days, Siddiqui had returned from the hospital on December 16 because of multiple health complications. He later moved to his official (governor’s house) residence and continued to rest on the first day after assuming office.
Last week, on advise of the Sindh chief minister, he refused to ratify the Sindh Assembly’s forced conversion bill, officially known as Criminal Law (Protection of Minorities) Bill.
He was born on Decmeber 1, 1937 in Lucknow and got graduation degree in law in 1958 from University of Karachi. He severed as chief justice of Pakistan in 1999, Chief Justice of Sindh, Nov 1990 to May 1992, and as member of election commission and other posts. Siddiqui was among aspiring candidates for the post of president in 2003 and 2008.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sahrif expressed deep sorrow and grief over his death and said his service for the country would not be forgotten.
“Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui’s services will be remembered for the supremacy of the law and the Constitution,” he said adding that he had never compromised over principles and always confronted non-democratic characters.
President Mamnoon Hussain, former President and co-chairman PPP Asif Ali Zardari, chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto, PTI Chairman Imran Khan, JI chief Sirajul Haq and other leaders of political parties and prominent social personalities have also expressed sorrow over his death and eulogized his services.