ISLAMABAD  - President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday approved conferment of Sitara-i-Quaid-i-Azam on

Sister John Berchmans Conway, Principal Convent of Jesus & Mary Karachi, and Father Robert McCulloch,

Religious Priest Procurator General.

Sister John Berchmans Conway, Principal Convent of Jesus & Mary Karachi, has been conferred

Sitara-i-Quaid-i-Azam for her services for education and promoting interfaith harmony in Pakistan.

She has spent 59 years teaching Muslim, Christian and Hindu girls from different parts of Pakistan. Under her

able leadership, the institution has been providing quality education to Pakistani girls. Sister Berchmans has

touched the lives of countless Pakistani schoolgirls as a mentor, friend and teacher.

Her constant adherence to the call of duty spanning over 59 years has made her a living example to emulate, says

the citation forwarded to the President for conferment of Sitara-i-Quaid-i-Azam.

Father Robert McCulloch is a member of society of saint Columbian. Apart from being a priest, Father Robert is

also the Chairman of the Saint Elizabeth Hospital’s Administrative Council - the hospital that is providing quality

medical services to the people of Hyderabad and rural parts of Sindh and also runs medical outreach programme

in rural Sindh.

This hospital is home to one of the few post natal intensive care units in Pakistan.

Father Robert has also set up the Catholic Centre of academic excellence in Hyderabad that provides free

education to children from underprivileged families. He has also set up a health development centre.

His other major contribution includes taking steps to preserve language of Tharparker known as Pakrikohli. He

engaged experts around the world and worked on a script to turn this language into a written language.

He has also worked hard during the floods of 2010 in Sindh to save precious lives of flood affected people. He

arranged to provide food and medical treatment to 1000 families in Southern Pakistan. He is now building

accommodation for the flood affectees.

Spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar said that in recognition of 59 years services of Sister John

Berchmans Conway and multiple services rendered by Father Robert McCulloch for the welfare of the people of

Pakistan for over 30 years, the President, on the advice of the Prime Minister, has approved the conferment of

Sitara-i-Quaid-i-Azam upon them.