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.
Saeeduzzaman sworn in as 31st Sindh governor
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.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed grief over the governor’s sad demise.
The man who defied all odds to defend the Constitution
PM Sharif has expressed deep grief over the sad demise of GovernorSindh Justice(R) Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui who breathed his last in Karachi— PML(N) (@pmln_org) January 11, 2017
انا للہ وانا الیہ راجعون pic.twitter.com/PZMH43GQGj— PML(N) (@pmln_org) January 11, 2017
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari also expressed grief, condoling with the deceased family.
چیئرمین پاکستان پیپلزپارٹی بلاول بھٹو زرداری کا گورنر سندھ سعید الزماں صدیقی کے انتقال پر رنج و غم کا اظہار— PPP (@MediaCellPPP) January 11, 2017
۔بلاول بھٹو زرداری کا سعید الزماں صدیقی کے لواحقین سے ہمدردی کا اظہار— PPP (@MediaCellPPP) January 11, 2017
Army chief General Qamar Bajwa also expressed condolences with the grieved.
#COAS grieved on sad demise of Gov Sindh Saeed Uz Zaman Siddique. Prays for his eternal peace at Heaven. Shares grief of bereaved family.— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) January 11, 2017
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.