KARACHI: Governor of Sindh Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui passed away at the age of 79, governor house spokesman confirmed on Wednesday.
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.
Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani will serve as acting governor of Sindh until a governor is appointed.
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.