KARACHI: Governor of Sindh, Justice (r) Saeed uz-Zaman Siddiqui has died on Wednesday at age of 78 while under treatment in a private hospital.
Siddiqui was earlier shifted to a private hospital over ailment. He is regarded as the 31st Governor of Sindh who was sworn in on November 11, 2016. He served as the Governor of Sindh for two months.
The federation had appointed the late Zaman last year after Dr Ishratul Ibad was relieved from his services.
Dr Ibad, belonging to Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) was relieved from the post last year after he served for at least 15 years in capacity of governor.
In his recent move as the governor of Sindh, Justice (r) Siddiqui refused to approve Criminal Law (Protection of Minorities) Bill following Chief Minister (CM) of Sindh, Murad Ali Shah s recommendation. CM Shah had recommended the late governor to disapprove the bill as the language was needed to be revised.
Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif and President Mamnoon Hussain have expressed sorrow over the demise while leaders of various political parties have acknowledged his contribution to national politics in his career.
Late Zaman also served as 15th Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) for nearly six months from July 1, 1999 to January 26, 2000. Prior to assuming office of CJP, he had served as the Chief Justice (CJ) of Sindh High Court (SHC) from November 5, 1990 to May 21, 1992.
Besides this, he served as a member of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and as Chairman of Sindh Zakat Council and Chairman of Rule Committee of SHC in his career.
Born in Lucknow of British India, late Saeed uz-Zaman Siddiqui educated himself at University of Dhaka and University of Karachi.