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Governor Sindh Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui passes away

KARACHI: Sindh province’s governor Justice retired Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui passed away in Karachi at the age of 79, Governor House spokesman confirmed on Wednesday.

Governor Sindh was under treatment at a local hospital for last four days due to a chest infection and breathing problems.

Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui had sworn in as the 31st Governor of Sindh on November 11. He replaced Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad who held the office for almost fourteen years.

Siddiqui fell ill soon taking oath of the Governor’s office and remained under treatment for about 30 days. He returned to Governor House on December 16.

Sindh Assembly speaker Agha Siraj Durrani will replace Siddiqui as acting governor of the province.

Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali expressed deep grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Governor Sindh Justice rtd Saeeduzaman Siddiqui and has announced a day long mourning on Thursday.

He directed chief secretary Rizwan Memon to coordinate with the family of late Governor and his principal secretary for making official arrangements of his burial.

The chief minister also spoke to Principal Secretary to Governor Saileh Farooqui and discussed burial arrangements. He added that the family of the Governor must be consulted in each and every decision.

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Who was Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddqui

A prominent jurist, Justice (retd) Siddiqui held top judicial offices during his professional career.

He was Chief Justice of Pakistan during the military coup by General (retd) Pervez Musharraf in 1999. Justice (retd) Siddiqui had defied to military ruler Musharraf who asked him to take a new oath under the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO) following which the military regime forced him to step down from his position, a clear bid to shorten his tenure for his refusal of order.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) during the 2008 presidential election of Pakistan named Justice (retd) Siddiqui as a party candidate to replace Pervez Musharraf as President of Pakistan. He later lost the election to Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari.

Justice (retd) Siddiqui was once again selected for as a presidential candidate during 2013 elections, but his name was later replaced with Mamnoon Hussain.

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