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Updated: April 03, 1989 05:00 PM GMT
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German Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Ruth Pfau and Dutch Franciscan Sister Gertrude Lemmens were among recipients of civilian awards at President´s House on Pakistan Day March 23.

Sister Pfau, a medical doctor, received the Hilal-i-Pakistan award for her work with leprosy patients. She has spent most of her life in Pakistan, treating leprosy patients, often in mountainous and remote areas.

A member of the Society of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, she has carried out a leprosy control program since 1960. In recognition of her service, the sister was awarded Pakistani citizenship in February 1988.

Sister Lemmens received the Sitara-i-Quaid-i-Azam award. A member of the Franciscan Missionaries of Christ the King, she founded many homes for the physically and mentally handicapped and others for the aged and homeless.

She also established a hospital for the handicapped, and has been described as the "Mother Teresa of Pakistan."

President Ghulam Ishaq Khan presented the awards in a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.


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