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Sindh CM Murad Shah and Justice Saeed-uz-Zaman at Governor House. ─ DawnNews
Sindh CM Murad Shah and Justice Saeed-uz-Zaman at Governor House. ─ DawnNews
Former CJP Justice Saeed-uz-Zaman takes oath at Governor House. ─ DawnNews
Former CJP Justice Saeed-uz-Zaman takes oath at Governor House. ─ DawnNews

Former Chief Justice Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui was sworn in as the 31st governor of Sindh on Friday, as the outgoing one, Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan, spent a busy last day on farewell meetings with dignitaries and senior government officials.

Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court Syed Sajjad Ali Shah administered the oath of governor to Justice Siddiqui at a ceremony held at Governor House.

The new governor was sworn in days after the federal government decided to end the 14-year tenure of former Sindh governor Ishratul Ibad in a meeting held between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Mamnoon Hussain at the Presidency on Wednesday morning.

Justice Siddiqui, who served as chief justice of Pakistan, was also among aspiring candidates for the post of president in 2003 and 2008.

Read more: Profile: The CJP who refused to bow to a dictator

According to sources in the Presidency, President Mamnoon signed a summary for the appointment of a new governor on the request of the prime minister. Later, a notification was also issued.

However, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), which governs Sindh, expressed its dissatisfaction over the decision to appoint Justice Siddiqui, complaining it had not been taken into confidence by the centre.

Sindh government spokesperson Maula Bakhsh Chandio said in a statement that the ruling party of Sindh had not been consulted over the change.

Ibad’s removal raised many questions regarding the reasons behind this decision, amid the strong criticism and accusations levelled against him by former Karachi mayor Mustafa Kamal, who recently formed his own political party.

Comments (13) Closed

Rational Nov 11, 2016 11:18am

He is in fact my hero. He is the person who refused to dictator and scrificed his job but did not take oath on PCO. Comparing with Ifthikhar who was praised by many, reacted when he knew Musharaf was fragile.

Rational Nov 11, 2016 11:18am

Salute to his courage and sacrifice

justice for All Nov 11, 2016 11:33am

Another biased decision .. Governor should be dynamic energetic young from my beloved city.

JKhan Nov 11, 2016 11:55am

Why is the Chief Minister on the stage? This is an insult to the dignitary taking oath. An elected person has no business to sit next to an appointed person.

Yawar Nov 11, 2016 12:18pm

Irony - it took 14 years to know that the Ex Governor was duel National !

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Nov 11, 2016 12:49pm

Huge respect for the new governor but I feel sorry to say he is way past retirement age. Even his health is not supporting him. That being said my best wishes and May God give him health. Pakistan Zindabad

Kabeela Khan Nov 11, 2016 01:45pm

I wold have loved to see Qaim Ali Shah as CM today , as both governor and CM would have been 80+.

M.Saeed Nov 11, 2016 03:14pm

Not very old! He is still 10 years younger than Qaim Ali Shah Sindh CM till a few weeks back.

Philosopher (from Japan) Nov 11, 2016 04:38pm

At 78? After 2 decades of his official retirement age what would you expect from him now?

booooooooo Nov 11, 2016 06:10pm

full of accusations but for some reason not following the law..why???

Khan USA Nov 11, 2016 10:07pm

He seems too weak and too old to add anything valuable to the province .

JUSTICE Nov 12, 2016 04:37am

The senior citizens should hold all the higher level positions in Pakistan, Qaim Ali Shah should have stayed as CM of Sind to keep new senior citizen selected governor of Sind.

Umar Nov 12, 2016 07:59am

Does Pakistan not have any young people or the establishment not trust young and energetic people at helm a very baffling question