KARACHI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa attended the burial ceremony of Pakistan’s ‘Mother Teresa’ Dr Ruth Pfau at the city’s Gora Qabristan, where she was laid to rest with full national honours on Saturday.
COAS General Bajwa reached Karachi earlier today for the occasion, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.
Among the dignitaries present at Gora Qabristan to attend Dr Ruth’s burial were President Mamnoon Hussain, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, IG Sindh, Corps Commander Karachi, DG Rangers and Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair.
Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah along with his cabinet was also present at the burial.
Dr Ruth passed away earlier this month after dedicating a lifetime to fighting leprosy in the country.
Armed forces carried the casket containing Dr Ruth’s body to St Patrick’s Cathedral in Karachi’s Saddar area in a gun convoy – the highest military honour at a funeral last accorded to humanitarian icon Abdul Sattar Edhi. The casket was draped in the national flag of Pakistan.
A 19-gun salute was also offered during the funeral proceedings.
German-Pakistani national Dr Ruth breathed her last after prolonged illness on August 10, 2017 at a private hospital in Karachi. She was 87.