People from across the world expressed their condolences and paid tribute to Dr Ruth Pfau who passed away early Thursday morning in Karachi.
Dr Pfau, founder of the National Leprosy Control Programme, dedicated her life to fighting leprosy in Pakistan, and was awarded the Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 1979, and Hilal-e-Pakistan in 1989.
Expressing grief over the demise of Dr Pfau, President Mamnoon Hussain said, “Dr Pfau’s services to end leprosy in Pakistan cannot be forgotten. She left her homeland and made Pakistan her home to serve humanity. Pakistani nation salutes Dr Pfau and her great tradition to serve humanity will be continued.”
Paying tribute to her services, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said, “Dr Ruth Pfau may have been born in Germany, her heart was always in Pakistan. She came here at the dawn of a young nation looking to make lives better for those afflicted by disease, and in doing so, found herself a home. We will remember her for her courage, her loyalty, her service to the eradication of leprosy, and most of all, her patriotism.”