Dr Ruth Pfau laid to rest with full state honours in Karachi

Dr Ruth Pfau laid to rest with full state honours in Karachi

Karachi (Staff Report): Last rites of Pakistan’s ‘Mother Teresa’, Dr Ruth Katharina Martha Pfau, who passed away at the age of 87 after dedicating a lifetime to fighting leprosy in the country, was laid to rest at Karachi's Gora Qabristan with full state honours on Saturday

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa attended the burial ceremony of Dr Ruth, after arriving in Karachi earlier today.

Among the dignitaries who attended the burial of Pakistan's humanitarian hero were President Mamnoon Hussain, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, IG Sindh, Corps Commander Karachi, DG Rangers and Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair.

Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah along with his cabinet was also present at the burial.

Dr Ruth's state funeral was performed with national honours at St Patrick's Cathedral earlier today.

Armed forces carried the casket containing Dr Ruth's body to St Patrick's Cathedral in Saddar in a gun convoy - the highest military honour at a funeral last accorded to humanitarian icon Abdul Sattar Edhi. The casket was draped in the national flag of Pakistan.

The flag of Vatican City was also hoisted at the cathedral Saturday morning, while the national flag of Pakistan remained at half mast.

A 19-gun salute was offered during the funeral proceedings, with contingents of all three Armed Forces of Pakistan present on the occasion.

Dr Ruth Katharina Martha Pfau:

Dr Pfau was born in Leipzig Germany on September 9, 1929. She came to Pakistan in the 1960s and dedicated her life to taking care of leprosy patients.

Dr Pfau, the founder of the National Leprosy Control Programme in Pakistan, was in charge of the Mary Adelaide Society of Pakistan (MASP), where leprosy patients are treated.

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 accolades for her services.