Ruth Pfau, a German-born nun who devoted her life to eradicating leprosy in Pakistan, is to be given a state funeral in her adopted country. Pfau was widely seen as Pakistan's Mother Teresa.
Ruth Pfau, a German doctor renowned in Pakistan for treating leprosy and tuberculosis patients over half a century has died aged 87. Pfau's Karachi-based center now has 157 outposts across Pakistan.
German nun Ruth Pfau established over 150 medical centers dedicated to leprosy and tuberculosis throughout Pakistan. State funerals are usually reserved for soldiers or heads of state.
Germany is an important partner and source of aid to Pakistan. However, even as officials in Berlin are wary of the Pakistani military's political power ahead of the July 25 elections, criticism has proven difficult.
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