Pakistani lepers' light Dr Ruth Pfau no more

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Dr Ruth Pfau ” Pakistani Mother Teresa” has passed away

Dr Ruth Pfau, a German religious woman, who devoted her life to treating leprosy patients in Pakistan, passed on at 4 am today.

German nun Ruth Pfau, who dedicated more than 50 years of her life to fighting leprosy in Pakistan, died on Thursday in Karachi aged 87.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa responded to the demise of Dr Ruth Pfau saying she will be remembered as the ambassador for humanity. "The people of Pakistan salute her unforgettable services, and her legacy will continue to flourish", he added. However, a visa problem kept Pfau in Pakistan, where she went on to live for 57 years.

"Dr Pfau's services to end leprosy in Pakistan can not be forgotten".

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said Pfau "may have been born in Germany, but her heart was always in Pakistan". In the following couple of years, the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Center opened more branches in every other area of the nation, additionally in Gilgit-Baltistan. In 1996, the World Health Organization declared that leprosy had been controlled in Pakistan, which led Sr.

Pfau served as an adviser to the Pakistani government for the eradication of leprosy between 1975 and 1980.

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Pfau, who was known locally as Pakistan's Mother Teresa, came to the southern port city of Karachi in 1960 and spent half a century taking care of some of the country's sickest and poorest people.

She was awarded the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, the second highest civilian award of the country in 1979 for her commendable services.

She is to be buried on Sunday at a Christian cemetery in Karachi, Pakistan.

The Prime Minister, in his message, said she came to Pakistan at the dawn of a young nation looking to make lives better for those afflicted by the disease.

"With great concern we have got the sad massage of the death of Dr Ruth Pfau".

"Well if it doesn't hit you the first time, I don't think it will ever hit you", she told the BBC in 2010.

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