PML-N Senator Nehal Hashmi while speaking to journalists on Friday after the oath-taking ceremony of new Sindh Governor Justice Saeed-uz-Zaman said that the last traces of terror had been removed after former governor Ishratul Ibad was removed from the post.
“Today marks the end of the era of Altaf Hussain,” he said. “Today the era of those who don’t believe in Pakistan is over.”
“A terrorist organisation had a hold on this post,” he said, in a veiled reference to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement. “Today the last traces of terrorism have been removed.”
“Around 14 years ago, during Musharraf’s era, anti-Pakistan people took over this position,” he said.
“Today the PML-N has a hold here. Those who are well-wishers of Nawaz Sharif, democracy and the common man have a hold here.”
New Sindh Governor Justice Saeed-uz-Zaman 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.
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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.