ISLAMABAD: Sindh governor Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui passed away in Karachi on Wednesday according to a governor house spokesman. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed deep sorrow over his death. Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa also expressed sorrow over death of Governor Sindh Justice (retd) Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui. In a condolence message, DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor said that the army chief prayed for the slain governor’s eternal peace at heaven. Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Asif Ali Zardari, Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Sirajul Haq, Awami National Party President Asfandyar Wali Khan, Paksarzameen Party leader Mustafa Kamal and many others expressed sorrow at the sad demise of Justice (retd) Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui Editor in Chief Pakistan Group of Newspapers and Chairman Roze News Sardar Khan Niazi also expressed sorrow at the sad demise of Justice (retd) Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui.
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.
Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani will serve as acting governor of Sindh until a governor is appointed.
Justice (retd) Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui was admitted in South City Hospital for one month and was being treated chest congestion.
Governor Sindh Justice (Rtd) Saeeduz Zaman Siddiqui has taken oath of his post on November 11 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.
The retired justice was sworn in as the 31st Governor of Sindh in November 2016, just days after the federal government decided to end the 14-year tenure of former Sindh governor Ishratul Ibad.
Siddiqui, 78, suffered poor health and had been hospitalised soon after his appointment due to a chest infection and breathing problems. He was discharged from the hospital over a month later after an improvement in health.
Born in Lucknow on Dec 1, 1938, Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui’s family migrated to then East Pakistan. He acquired his early education from Dhaka and then moved to Karachi, then capital of Pakistan.
He received admission at Karachi University from where he graduated and then studied law. He enrolled as an advocate of the high court and then the apex court in 1963 and 1968, respectively.
He contested bar elections and held various positions until he was appointed a judge of the Sindh High Court in May 1980.
Ten years later, he was appointed chief justice of the Sindh High Court and in May 1992 elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court. His tenure as the 15th chief justice of Pakistan began on July 1, 1999, and ended on Jan 26, 2000.
Siddiqui was also among aspiring candidates for the post of president in 2003 and 2008.