Sindh Governor Justice (retd) Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui died on Monday at a local hospital at the age of 79. The governor was sworn in on November 11 after removal of Ishtratul Ibad Khan,Â longest-serving governor in Pakistan’s history.
He was shifted to a private hospital in Karachi in November after complaining about chest pain and difficulty in breathing.
Siddiqui was the chief justice of Pakistan during the 1999 military coup by General Pervez Musharraf and refused to take oath under the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO) saying that “taking oath under the PCO, in my opinion, will be a deviation from the oath I had taken to defend the constitution of 1973”.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed grief over the death of the governor.
The Prime Minister said the services of Justice (R)Saeed uz Zaman Siddiqui in the field of judiciary and upholding rule of law would be remembered, a statement issued from the PM s Office said.
Justice (R) Saeed uz Zaman was an upright and honest Judge who never compromised on his principles and remained impartial in delivery of justice, he said.
The prime ministerÂ said that Justice (R) Saeed uz Zaman’s contributions regarding resisting and giving sacrifices against undemocratic elements were unparalleled.
He prayed for the departed soul and expressed sympathy with the bereaved family of Justice (R) Saeed uz Zaman.