KARACHI: Ailing 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.

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.

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, President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed grief over the governor’s sad demise.

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari also expressed grief, condoling with the deceased family.