Thursday, November 9, 2017

Pakistan to issue special coins in Dr Ruth Pfau’s honour

Pakistan government has directed its State Bank to issue special coins in Dr Ruth Pfau’s honour.

The State Bank of Pakistan will issue 50,000 coins worth Rs. 50 in recognition of Dr Pfau who dedicated her life to fighting leprosy in the country.

It may be recalled that Dr Ruth came to Pakistan in the early 1960s and decided to adopt Pakistan as her home and dedicating her life to taking care of leprosy patients. 

She was granted Pakistani citizenship in 1988 and received numerous accolades for her services, including the country’s top civilian awards Hilal-i-Imtiaz and Hilal-i-Pakistan.

She passed away on August 10, 2017 at the age of 87.  Dr Pfau is the second person to be accorded a state funeral in 29 years. The previous state funeral was offered for late philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi in 2016.

You may also like to read more about Dr Ruth and her services to Pakistan at JahoJalal
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