Sindh governor Justice (retd) Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui passes away

Published: January 11, 2017
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Justice (retd) Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui. PHOTO: FILE

Justice (retd) Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui. PHOTO: FILE

Sindh governor Justice (retd) Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui passed away on Wednesday.

The 79-year-old was taken to a private hospital in Karachi earlier during the day following chest pain, where he breathed his last.

The former Supreme Court judge, who replaced Ishratul Ibad Khan as 31st governor of Sindh, fell ill soon taking oath of the Governor’s office.

His funeral prayer will be offered on January 13 after Friday prayers at the Polo Ground in Karachi.

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After remaining under treatment for over 30 days, Siddiqui had returned from hospital on December 16. He later moved to his official (governor’s house) residence and continued to rest on the first day after assuming office.

Last week he refused to ratify the Sindh Assembly’s forced conversion bill, officially known as Criminal Law (Protection of Minorities) Bill.

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The private bill – jointly moved by the ruling PPP and the PML-F lawmakers and unanimously passed by the assembly on November 24 –recommended that change of religion not be recognised until a person becomes 18 years old.

Condolences

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed grief over the governor’s sad demise.

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Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari also expressed grief, condoling with the deceased family.

Army chief General Qamar Bajwa also expressed condolences with the grieved.

Sindh CM announces one-day mourning across province

Meanwhile, on account of the governor’s death, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has announced one-day mourning in the province on Thursday.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Muhammad Ebad
    Jan 11, 2017 - 6:12PM

    Better late than never!!!Recommend

  • PakPower
    Jan 11, 2017 - 6:46PM

    Innalillahe Va Inna Illihe Rajiun

    Begs the question – just why was such an ailing individual given public office in the first place?Recommend

  • Billa
    Jan 11, 2017 - 10:46PM

    Inna lillahi WA Inna alaihi rajiun. It was on the cards. Wonder why was he still made Sindh governor?Recommend

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