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Dr. Abid Khan 

Dr. Abid Khan, one of our class fellows passed away on December 12, 2012. There was an outpouring of sympathy 
from several of our class fellows in the newsgroup. I am including the following email from one of our class fellows 
Dr. Akhtar Naqvi who was one of Ab id's group mates at DMC. 

Inna lillah... I had visited him three years ago with Najam uz Zaman in Richmond, Virginia. He 
was recuperating well after undergoing a stroke. Initially he had been diagnosed with 
Hypertension. Somehow his primary care physician suggested to him to manage this with diet 
and exercise and discouraged him to take antihypertensive medication. A year later Abid ended 
up having an Ml. He was rushed to the University Hospital where he had a CABG. Recovering 
from CABG he had a blood clot that caused a CVA. When we visited him he was able to walk, 
jog and talk. We had lunch together with his family. His wife had started a residency training in 
Psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University, I am sure she must have completed by now. 
Subsequently I had left messages a few times but unfortunately no one called me b ack. When 
we visited his family 3 years ago, Abid's youngest son Basim was 17 years old. My thoughts and 
prayers are with him and his family. May Allah, SWT bless the departed soul in peace and grant 
him blessings in Jannatul Firdous. May Allah, SWT comfort his family. Abid was in our clinical 
group and we had a lot of fun memories together. He was a through gentleman and never gave 
any one grief or discomfort. Whenever we would go somewhere he would bring his car to take 
us and whenever we planned any picnic Abid would bring his camera to shoot pictures. 


COURTESY: Akhtar Naqvi 

Shared by Khalid Saleem 



Fayyaz Ahmed Sheikh FRCP (D85) 

Consultant Neurologist and Senior Clinical Tutor at Hull York Medical School, Hull, UK 

Migraine is extremely prevalent in the general population and an estimated 1 5% 
of the population suffers from the condition. It runs in the family and the 
consensus is that genetic susceptibility remains the most important causative 
factor. Around one third of the sufferers have preceding neurological symptoms 
mainly visual (migraine with aura) followed by headache; the remaining have 
only headache (migraine without aura) which is often unilateral, throbbing with 
nausea and or vomiting and undue sensitivity to light, sound and smell. Around 
3-5% of the general population experiences such attacks more often than not (> 
15 days a month); the condition described as chronic migraine (CM) is the most 
disabling form of the disorder and causes significant loss of function and poses a 
considerable challenge to the healthcare resources and the economy in general. 
It also puts significant burden on the carers and impacts on family life. CM is 
often resistant to both acute and preventive treatments that are usually very 
effective in the episodic form of the disorder. Thus there is unmet need in this 
area and current research is actively looking for a breakthrough. 

Botulinum Toxin (Botox) has been known to treat medical disorders for over 30 
years and is mainly known to treat dystonia, spasticity, hyperhidrosis and bladder 
disturbances, however, the most famous use is cosmetic for relieving facial 
wrinkles. It was in the early 90's that cosmetic physicians reported a reduction of 
headache in their patients that prompted the pharmaceutical industry to conduct 
double-blind placebo controlled trials in headache disorders. The early trials 
conducted at the start of the millennium showed disappointing results with vast 
majority of headache disorders showing better response to placebo (saline 
injections) than the toxin. However, those with frequent headaches did show 
better results but numbers were too small to draw a conclusion. A second trial in 
2008 only recruited patients with CM (PREEMPT) which was published in 
Cephalalgia in 2010; there were significant reduction in both primary and 
secondary outcome measures in the active group with improved quality of life 
measured through validated questionnaire. 

The study was met with strong criticism by few headache specialists. They 
argued that the cosmetic effect on the forehead would have caused ineffective 
blinding although a high placebo response in the trial negated this argument. 
Moreover, over two third of patients in the trial were overusing medications, a 
well-known cause of frequent headache, which could have simply responded to 
withdrawal of the painkillers. However, the jury is still out as to whether CM is a 
cause or an effect of analgesic overuse and most headache physicians tackle both 
CM and analgesic overuse with preventive treatment in addition to instruction 
about withdrawal of the overused medication. Although the results indicate 
statistically significant reduction in headache for two additional days in the active 
group (8 with active versus 6 with placebo), critics argue that this does not seem 
impressive. However, such an averaging difference does not demonstrate the vast 
improvement in some patients who consider the treatment as a life changing 

The published evidence was adequate for the licensing authorities in the UK and 
the USA to approve its use in CM patients, although as the treatment is expensive 
and involves injections, there was a debate as to where it should be placed in the 
treatment regime. It is used more widely in the USA than the UK owing to private 
healthcare system. However, recently National Institute of Clinical Excellence 
(NICE) in the UK has approved the treatment to be made available on the National 
Health Service (NHS). Due to the cost issue, they it has recommended to patients 
who have failed at least three preventive treatments. 


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An honor for Pakistan 

World snooker champion 2012 

Mohammad Asif 


Mohammad Asif returned home to a hero's welcome on Tuesday 12/04/12 after clinching the world amateur snooker 

title on Sunday 12/02/12 

Asif, who held off England's Gary Wilson 10-8 in Sunday's final in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, was warmly greeted by 

hundreds of fans, officials and relatives at the Jinnah International Airport in the southern port city of Karachi. 

Talking to media at the airport, Asif credited the officials of Pakistan Snooker Association and his parents for winning 

the title. 

"There was no one to guide me during the competition, but I held my nerves and kept myself cool to win the title," said 

the 30-year-old player, who participated in the event without any coach or official along. 

Asif who faced funds shortage urged the government to provide facilities for promotion of snooker in the country. 

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf congratulated Asif saying "the whole nation is proud of your victory and wishes you 

many more in future as well." 

The chief minister of the Punjab province announced a cash award of one million rupees (10,420 U.S. dollars). 

Mohammad AN Jinnah December 25, 1976 

i.,,-, LOOK INSIDE! 



Jinnah, Pakistan and 
Islamic Identity: The 
Search for Saladin 
Akbar Ahmed 

Jinnah often quoted a Dutch proverb (for instance in his presidential 
address to the Punjab Muslim Student Federation in March 1941) 

Money is lost nothing is lost; 

Courage is lost much is lost; 

Honor is lost most is lost; 

Soul is lost all is lost. 

Cynics in Pakistan now reverse this proverb, reciting it with words 
suitably adjusted to the realities of Pakistan today: 

Soul is lost nothing is lost; 

Honor is lost much is lost; 

Courage is lost most is lost; 

Money is lost all is lost 

You still see the Quaid in portraits in every office and on banknotes; his 
mausoleum in Karachi is a symbol of the state itself, and important 
visitors to Pakistan invariably pay their respects there. On national days 
the Quaid's sayings are quoted in the press. But Pakistanis are cynical. 
They are aware that, although the Quaid appears to be everywhere, in 
fact very few know about him or what he stood for. There is little 
accessible and authoritative literature on him. Neither the tomes of the 
scholars nor the superficial, juvenile writing about him as Islam's 
warrior hero have penetrated society. In this vacuum his presence is 
marked by the humour and cynicism of Pakistanis. When Pakistanis 
speak of 'remembering' the Quaid we know what they mean; to get 
things done in Pakistan you have to pay large rupee notes with the 
Quaid's picture on them. That is how many people are familiar with 

The young men and women who helped Jinnah create Pakistan, who 
sustained it in the early years with their fierce devotion to the state, are 
now in their seventies. They are bewildered and saddened by the rapid 
decline and cannot understand how the dream has soured. Many are 
deep in despair that they are escaping to the West. 

In the 1960s Jinnah's dream of Pakistan becoming one of the great 
nations of the world had appeared within grasp, and economic pundits 
were hailing it as a model for developing countries. Thirty years later 
Dr. Mahbub ul-Haq, who had been chief economist of the newly 
formed Planning Division in Pakistan, now pioneered the Human 
Development Report for the United Nations Development Programme 
and pointed out in it that Pakistan was at the bottom of almost every 
set of statistics in the world - in education, in health, and so on (1995). 
It was, however, number two on the list of the world's most corrupt 
countries. (Pakistanis bribed the judges to remove them from the 
number one position, joked Pakistanis, still clinging to their sense of 

THIS nation is past master at myth-making and 
befooling itself. It lives in make-believe land — 
in our particular and peculiar case a dangerous 
habit as it distorts truth, reality and fact. 
This national indulgence in flights of fancy has 
warped and mangled history. Even the 
reasoning for the creation of the country has 
been turned around to suit different leaderships 
and religious elements, as have the beliefs and 
intentions of its maker. 


*?* Farrukh Hashmi 

His mood, his thoughts, his philosophy 

You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of 
the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people 
all the time. 

I remember my mother's prayers and they have always 
followed me. They have clung to me all my life. 

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test 
a man's character, give him power. 
Abraham Lincoln 

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Turkey-An Easy Recipe shared by Nadeem Zafar 

Here is a turkey recipe that also includes the use of 
popcorn as a stuffing ingredient -- imagine that. 
When I found this recipe, I thought it was perfect for 

people like me, who just are not sure how to tell 
when a turkey is thoroughly cooked, but not dried out. 

Give this a try 


8 - 15 lb. turkey 

1 cup melted butter 

1 cup stuffing (Pepperidge 

Farm is Good) 

1 cup un-popped popcorn 

Salt/pepper to taste 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush turkey well with melted 

butter, salt, and pepper. 

Fill cavity with stuffing and popcorn. Place in baking pan 

making sure the neck end 

is toward the front of the oven, not the back. After about 

4 hours, listen for the popping sounds. 

When the turkey's ass blows the oven door open and the 

bird flies across the room. It's done. 

And, you thought I didn't know how to cook... 

Popcorn is actually a fiber food. ..its good for you! 


From the kitche ofShirin Ahmed 


Boiled and peeled potatoes 4 
Mustard oil 1 cup 
Peeled peas Vi cup 
Lemons 4 Green chilies 6 
Fenugreek seeds 6 
Green Beans 10 
Curry leaves few 
Chopped garlic 6 cloves 
Cauliflower 1 
Nigella seeds 1 tsp 
White cumin 1 tsp 
Turmeric 1 tbsp 
Red chili flakes 1 Vi tbsp 
Salt to taste 

Deep fry 4 boiled potatoes cubes till they are golden brown. Now take 1 cup mustard oil in the pan and 
heat it saute 6 chopped garlic cloves in it. Add in fried green beans, Vz cup peas, 1 small caul if lour, 6 
green chilies, 1 tbsp turmeric, 1 1/2 red chili flakes, 1 tsp nigella seeds, 1 tsp white cumin and some 
salt. Cook it together nicely. Add in 2 tbsp mustard powder and 4 lemon juice. Keep it for 10 minutes. 
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Shared by Kehkashan Qamar 

10 Lessons from Einstein 

1. Follow Your Curiosity 

"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious/' 

2. Perseverance is Priceless 

"It's not that I'm so smart; it's just that I stay with problems longer." 

3. Focus on the Present 

"Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it 

4. The Imagination is Powerful 

"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions. Imagination is more important 
than knowledge." 

5. Make Mistakes 

"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." 

6. Live in the Moment 

"I never think of the future - it comes soon enough." 

7. Create Value 

"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." 

8. Don't be repetitive 

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." 

9. Knowledge Comes From Experience 

"Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience." 

10. Learn the Rules and Then Play Better 

"You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else. 

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Dear friends 

I do not have the words to describe my gratitude to Allah SWT who has brought 
our class together in the digital world. We may be thousands of miles away from 
each other but it seems like we can hear our hearts beat. Our laughs, sighs and 
even sneezes are known to each other. Our emotions and feelings have found a 
new outlet. In some ways, we have come to know each other better. The maturity 
developed over the years, as our heads learn to bow in humility and our hearts 
begin to understand how we all feel, has allowed us to appreciate each other's 
joys and sorrows much more accommodatingly. 

All the more we feel less intimidated, less reserved and more open to express 
ourselves. Friendships have been renewed with new vigor. New ones have 
become established on more solid grounds. 

This magazine is my way of expressing how I miss the days we spent at Dow. 

It reminds me of a nostalgic poem by Thomas Moore. 

Oft, in the stilly night, 

Ere Slumber's chain has bound me, 

Fond Memory brings the light 

Of other days around me; 

The smiles, the tears, 

Of boyhood's years, 

The words of love then spoken; 

The eyes that shone, 

I am grateful to all of you who have taken the time to read this magazine 
built around the words, thoughts and feelings of all of us. I will request all of 
you to share news, views, poetry, quotes, photos, memories and anything 
and everything that you want with the rest of the class. You can send me an 
email directly at or through the Dow85 newsgroup. 

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