KARACHI: Former chief justice Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui took oath as Sindh Governor in a ceremony at the Governor House on Friday. Chief Justice of Sindh High Court (SHC), Sajjad Ali Shah administered the oath.
The ceremony was attended by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Durrani, Sindh Ministers, MNAs, MPAs, judges, members of lawyer fraternity, high civil and military officials on Friday.
Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui was Chief Justice of Pakistan during the 1999 military coup by General (r) Pervez Musharraf. He defied the request by Musharraf via the Law Minister and Legal Advisor Pirzada to take a new 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".
As a consequence of this, Musharraf forced him to step down from his position. The tenure time period was shortened due to his refusal to take the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO) Oath, prescribed by Musharraf.