Dr. Pfau laid to rest at Gora Qabristan after state funeral. May she rest in peace.

Dr. Ruth Pfau- 1929-2017, laid to rest in Gora Qabristan after state funeral her final rites were performed at St-Patrick’s Church Karachi.  A state funeral with full national honours was held in Karachi for Dr Ruth Pfau, a symbol of selflessness and devotion who passed away at 87. Dr. Pfau,  dedicated her life to helping leprosy patients in Pakistan, is one of the founders of the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre (MALC). Armed forces personnel carried her casket into St Patrick’s Cathedral in Karachi’s Saddar area on Saturday. The coffin was draped in the Pakistani flag and covered with rose petals. People from all walks of life attended her funeral.

The burial ceremony was attended by many state dignitaries, including President Mamnoon Hussain, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair, Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Operations) Vice Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, each of whom laid floral wreaths on her grave as a mark of respect. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had earlier announced a state funeral for Dr Pfau, saying: “The entire nation is indebted to Ruth Pfau for her selflessness and unmatched services for eradication of leprosy.”