Dr Ruth laid to rest after highest level state funeral

Dr. Ruth Pfau three last wishes

State-run television broadcast live footage of her casket being carried by a military guard into the city's St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Mourners on Saturday attended a state funeral for Ruth Pfau, a German physician and nun who earned global acclaim as "Pakistan's Mother Theresa" by devoting her life to the eradication of leprosy in the Muslim-majority nation.

German-Pakistani national Dr Ruth breathed her last after prolonged illness on August 10, 2017 at a private hospital in Karachi.

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.

Her coffin was draped in the Pakistani flag and covered in rose petals, and was accompanied by a 19-gun salute as members of all three branches of the country's armed forces kept watch.

President Mamnoon Hussain, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair, Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah, Karachi mayor Waseem Akhter and other high-level officials would attend the last rites of leprosy fighter.

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This was the second state funeral to have taken place in Pakistan in past 29 years, with the last one accorded to late philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi last year.

Due to Dr Pfau's efforts, Pakistan was declared a leprosy-free country in 1996 by the World Health Organization.

"There is no one like her and there won't be any replacement to her". After witnessing the plight of leprosy patients, she made a decision to settle here. The Lady belonged to Germany and spent her 50 years of life in Pakistan fighting against the Leprosy disease and eventually put an end to it in our country.

In 1989, Dr Pfau was presented the Hilal-i-Pakistan for her services.

Singer-songwriter Fakhr-e-Alam said: "Looking back at da life of Ruth Pfau & watching images of her funeral all one can say what a legacy.The kinda legacy that defines humanity".

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