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NA pays tribute to Dr Ruth Pfau

NA pays tribute to Dr Ruth Pfau”

In pursuance of the announcement by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, state funeral would be accorded to Sister Ruth Katharina Martha Pfau at 1 pm today.

A press release issued by the interior ministry stated that the national flag shall fly at half-mast in order to pay tribute to Dr Pfau, who breathed her last on August 10.

The National Assembly Thursday observed one-minute silence and passed a unanimous resolution to pay tribute to Dr Ruth Pfau for her services to eliminate leprosy in Pakistan.

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Dubbed as Pakistani "Mother Teresa" for her compassion towards lepers, Dr Ruth Pfau came to Pakistan from Germany in 1960 and dedicated her rest of life to serve people suffering from leprosy. The Pakistani military is expected to accompany her funeral cortege and there will also be a 21-gun salute in her honor. Her body had been shifted to MALC Hospital from Holy Family Hospital.

With her remarkable journey, Pakistan was rewarded as the first country from Asia to have control over Leprosy in 1996 by World Health Organization.

Shehzad said Pfau was undeterred in her quest to help the underprivileged and that she would go to the "remotest parts of Pakistan to help, a foreign lady heading on donkeyback to places even cars couldn't reach". In 1989, she was presented the Hilal-i-Pakistan, the country's second-highest civilian award.

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