ISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Friday said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was “trying to save his kingdom” as he unilaterally changed governor Sindh.

The PPP leader said that Sharif did not even make a courtesy call to Ishratul Ebad and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah before appointing Saeeduz Zaman Siddiqui as the new governor.

“Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is trying to preserve his badshahat (kingdom),” tweeted Bilawal. The message was posted few hours after former chief justice of Pakistan Saeeduz Zaman Siddiqui took oath as Governor Sindh in Karachi.

The oath was administered by Chief Justice Sindh High Court Justice Syed Sajjad Ali Shah.

Earlier this week the PPP also objected to the appointment of governor, saying the ruling party in Sindh should have been consulted. Maula Baksh Chandio, adviser to Sindh Chief Minister on Information praised Ishratul Ebad but criticised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s “royal attitude”.

The decision to remove Ishratul Ebad from governor Sindh’s post and replacing him with Saeeduz Zaman Siddiqui was taken during a meeting between President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on November 9.

The Sindh provincial government led by the PPP had also expressed its dismay over federal government’s “unilateral” decision of appointing a new governor.

Meanwhile on Friday, Ishratul Ebad also complained that the federal government did not inform him about the decision prior to removing him from the office.

Backing Bilawal’s tweet, he said he was not taken into confidence before being relieved from the office.

“The federal government should have informed me directly instead of media reports,” he said after arrival in Dubai.

Ebad was the 30th Governor of Sindh.  He took up the post on December 27, 2002, becoming the youngest person to hold the office of governor.

Since July 16, 2008, Ebad had the distinction of becoming the province's longest-serving governor. He resigned on June 27, 2011, but his resignation was not accepted by the president.  He resumed his official duties from July 19, 2011.  Ebad played a pivotal role in defusing tension and violence in the province by holding talks with members of other political parties.  He had played an instrumental role in getting the 22 hostages released from the captivity of Somali pirates with the partnership of Ansar Burney who leads a human rights organisation.

Separately, in a controversial statement on Friday Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Nehal Hashmi said the Sindh Governor’s House had been purified of the last “remnants of a terrorist organisation”.

“The last sign of a terrorist organisation has been removed from the Governor’s House,” he said, adding that 14 years ago a representative of Muttahida Qaumi Movement founder was made governor. “Anti-Pakistan people with the help of (Pervez) Musharraf managed to occupy the Governor’s House. Now people who love PML-N are in the governor house,” Hashmi said.