Dr Pfau committed her entire life to fighting leprosy in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office says the entire Pakistani nation pays homage to eminent social activist, Dr. Ruth Pfau for her extraordinary work in eradicating leprosy disease from the country.
Dr. Ruth Pfau, who passed away on 10th of this month, was laid to rest with complete state honour in Karachi on Saturday.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbassi had announced a state funeral for Dr. Pfau. The last rites of Dr. Pfau were performed at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Karachi in presence of the President of Pakistan. Her casket, wrapped in the national flag of Pakistan, was given a 19-gun salute, with contingents of all three armed forces present on the occasion.
In a statement, Foreign office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said being the Patron of Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre; she committed her entire life to fighting leprosy in Pakistan.
Dr. Ruth Pfau was awarded numerous national and international awards, including the highest civil awards of “Hilal-e-Imtiaz” and “Hilal-e-Pakistan,” in recognition of her meritorious services to the nation.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif also paid rich tributes to Dr. Pfau and said she will be remembered for her exceptional love, dedication and selflessness for the people of Pakistan.
Earlier, the eminent social activist Dr. Ruth Pfau was laid to rest in presence of thousands of members of civil society, friends and her well-wishers with complete state honour at Gora Qabristan in Karachi Saturday.
President Mamnoon Hussain, Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah, Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa, representatives of three armed forces and a number of foreign dignitaries also attended her funeral ceremony.
The contingents of all the three armed forces gave ninteen guns salute on the occasion of her burial. She had died on 10th of this month after protracted illness.
Dr Pfau was founder of the National Leprosy Control Programme in Pakistan. She was born in Germany, came to Pakistan in the 1960s and dedicated her life to taking care of leprosy patients.
It was due to the endless struggle of Dr Pfau that Pakistan defeated the disease and became leprosy-free in 1996. She was granted Pakistani citizenship in 1988 and received numerous awards for her services. NNI