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Dr Ruth Pfau passes away

Dr Ruth Pfau passes away”

Dr Ruth Pfau, who is commonly known as "Mother Teresa" of Pakistan for her extensive battle against leprosy, passed away on Thursday after a long illness.

In 1960, Dr Ruth chose to dedicate the rest of her life to the people of Pakistan and their battle against Leprosy.

President Mamnoon Hussain expressed grief at the demise of Dr Pfau and paid tribute to her services for the helpless and neglected in the country.

The President said the whole Pakistani nation salutes Dr Pfau for her exemplary services for the country.

She made Pakistan her homeland and devoted her life in service of Tuberculosis and leprosy patients in Pakistan. She was also awarded Hilal-i-Pakistan.

It was due to the endless struggle of Dr Pfau that Pakistan defeated the disease and became leprosy-free in 1996. After escaping Second World War and seeing her younger brother die, she first moved to West Germany and studied medicine at Mainz.

Her last rites will be performed on August 19 at St. Patrick's Church in Karachi's Saddar area.

Later she joined a Catholic order and eventually came to Pakistan in 1960. She received the Hilal-i-Pakistan award and was also awarded the very high civil award of Nishan-i-Quaid-e-Azam for public service.



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