Ebad’s exit

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Oath taking ceremony of the new Sindh governor Justice (R) Saeed-uz- Zaman took place at the Governor House. Chief Justice Sindh High Court (SHC) Sajjad Ali Shah administered the oath to the newly-appointed Sindh governor, after which he would formally take charge of his responsibilities. Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, Sindh Assembly speaker Agha Siraj Durrani, DG NAB Colonel Siraj Naeem and several other ministers attended the ceremony. The decision to replace the governor for Sindh was made at a recent meeting between President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Geo News learnt. After which, the Presidency issued a notification of Zaman’s instatement as Governor. Zaman has remained the Chief Justice of Pakistan from July 1999 till December 2005. During the former dictator General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf’s rule Zaman refused to take oath under the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO). In 2008 he ran as a presidential candidate from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.Speaking to journalists after the oath taking ceremony Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz senator Nehal Hashmi said that the Governor House had now become pure after a new governor had been appointed. The last sign of terrorism has been removed from the governor house, he said adding that 14 years ago a representative of Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan founder was made governor. He added that the new governor will help maintain peace in the city. Ebad left the Governor House in wee hours of Friday with complete protocol to reach the airport. Praying for Karachi`s peace in his last-minute- talk with media persons at Karachi airport, the former governor appealed people to pray for his well-being. He, however, declined to comment on his future plans and return to country. Dr Ishratul Ebad was replaced by Justice (R) Saeed-uz- Zaman, after serving as Sindh governor for 14 years. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Senator Nehal Hashmi said that the Governor House had been purified of the last remnants of a terrorist organization. He was speaking to journalists after the new Sindh Governor Saeed-uz- Zaman was sworn in. The last sign of a terrorist organisation has been removed from the governor house, he said, adding that 14 years ago a representative of Muttahida Qaumi Movement founder was made governor. Nehal Hashmi said that in the nine-year-long rule of the dictator, crime, murder and target killings had increased in the city. He added that the new governor will help maintain peace in the city. A man who truly abides by the constitution and law has now been made governor. Former CJP Saed-uz- Zaman has accepted a formidable challenge by agreeing to accept the job. Though Saeed-uz- Zaman is believed to be close to PML (N) as he was the party’s candidate for the slot of President in 2008 but we believe that his choice will also be acceptable to other political parties as Mr Siddiqui has never openly shown his tilt or political ambitions to anybody. In separate interviews to television channels on Wednesday, he also made his intensions very clear that his focus will remain on law and order situation in Karachi which has considerably improved but the recent incidents of target killing once again highlight the fact that the job is not over and a lot needs to be done to restore complete normalcy.