Hundreds pay final tribute to ‘Pakistan’s Mother Teresa’ at state funeral

Hundreds of from across Pakistan had been gathered to attend the state funeral for Ruth Pfau, who has earned international acclaim as the Mother Teresa of Pakistan. Primarily a German nun, Ruth Pfau had spent more than 50 years with her service towards Pakistan’s most vulnerable people, fighting against leprosy. In the presence of a huge crowd, eminent personalities of Pakistan, including politicians, military officials and the members of civil service society paid their last tribute to Pfau in the country’s southern port city of Karachi.

According to state TV broadcast footage, the casket of ‘Pakistan’s Mother Teresa was being carried by a military guard at Karachi’s St Patrick’s Cathedral, amid hundreds of mourners.  As reported by Al Jazeera, Martha Fernando, who worked with the nun at her Marie Adelaide Leprosy Center, said, “There is no one like her and there won’t be any replacement to her. We pray to God to send people like her again to this world so that they could continue serving people.”

Trained as a doctor, with specialization in treating leprosy, Pfau arrived in Pakistan in 1960 and died on August 10 at the age of 87. Citing her noble contribution to Pakistan, the government had honoured her with the Nishan-e-Quaid-i-Azam, the highest civilian awards of Pakistan.

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