Review of Reflections by
Prof.Kh. Saadiq Husain

I was over whelmed after receiving twenty copies of the Pulse International of November 15th 2019 issue! Actually I would have responded earlier but I had a bad fall and was confined to bed (still am!). I don’t have the words to express my gratitude for your unmeasured labour, in virtually “condensing” the book in three pages of Pulse!! As a matter of `concern` I wonder if anyone should bother reading the book after your review!! But jokes aside apart from what was written you have even “filled in the blanks”, which even I had forgotten! (the Quetta election and the aftermath!). Thank You again.

After reading your review I heaved a sigh of relief at the thought that my efforts was worth the trouble and that some (however few) MAY benefit from the content. That in essence was the purpose of the book, as I had no financial interest in it. I pray to Allah that HE accepts it as an attempt to improve ourselves as professional but more importantly as Muslims and even more as human being and Pakistanis- Ameen.

To have usurped three full pages of your esteemed publication was more than I could have dreamed about. Only Allah can repay that debt to you.
I received a beautiful letter with similar comments from Gen. Mahmood Akhtar (Rawalpindi) and pray it is accepted by the general reader who cares! With renewed thanks for your time, labour and space and prayer for you and your family.

Khawaja Saadiq Hussain
10-Abid Majeed Road,
Lahore Cantt.

Please accept my heartiest congratulations on writing a masterpiece review on the Reflections by Prof. Kh. Saadiq Husain in November 15th issue of Pulse International. It is not only a review but a tribute in a befitting manner giving such a comprehensive account of life and times of Dr. Khawaja Saadiq Husain. I can understand your devotion and commitment to the person of respected Kh. Saadiq Sahib and I am sure all of his students will definitely admire your contribution.

I can understand the way you have phrased it and added your valuable input and comments. I especially enjoyed reading your addition to the part related to CPSP where you have rightly exposed the mafia and the non-democratic practices which were in vogue in the past. I will appreciate if you can point out the duplication of information in the book which you had referred to in the review so that it can be eliminated. Your input will be highly valuable. You will be glad to know that the Second and Third Print of Reflections are in line which might make it be best seller of 2019.

Dr. Tanveer ul Hasan Zubairi
Editor Reflections
Chief Consultant Radiologist &
HOD Radiology at Services Hospital,
Services Institute of Medical Sciences,
Lahore - Pakistan.

Down the memory lane
and a torrent of nostalgia

Shaukat Bhai,

This refers to reports published in Pulse International of November 15th 2019. Reading the lead story and looking at the picture of Salman Zaman, moved me to tears. Dr. Salman Zaman was one of the most outstanding young House Officers I had the pleasure of having in my unit. Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta, Maj. Gen. Salahuddin Qasim, Obaidullah Obaid, Gulalai Wali Khan, and Irshad Hakim were the others who became lifelong friends. Salman Zelman’s father was an anesthesiologist in the UK when we became friends. Salman’s uncle (Haji Muhammad Amin) and Cousin Muhammad Umar from near Takht Bhai had already been my friends. Please ask, if you can, Salman to contact me at my email address.

Looking at another report you unleashed a torrent of nostalgia going back nearly sixty years. Ron Harden’s younger brother, Kenneth, and I were classmates in Glasgow Medical School from 1956 to 1962. We attended Sir Edward Waynes’s unit in the Glasgow Western Infirmary where Ron Harden was a Registrar or SHO. Kenneth and I have been emailing frequently but have had no contact with Ron. I wish I had been in Pakistan and had known about his visit. I would have forced him to come with me to Peshawar and the legendary Khyber Pass.

I had, in the 1980s, taken Sir T.J. Thomson and Lady Jess Thomson on a day trip through the Khyber Pass to Tor Kham. Sir Thomas was on an inspection visit to CPSP and came to Peshawar at my invitation. In the same decade, another buddy and classmate (Prof James B. Elder) and his wife Sheena Elder, stayed with us in our home in Peshawar for a few days. They too were taken through the Khyber Pass up to Tor Kham. Of these four friends, only Mrs. Sheena Elder is alive.

I am holding back my tears with much effort as I relive these memories. God bless you all.

Dr. Alaf Khan
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Note: I will try to find out e mail of Dr. Salman Zaman and ask him to contact you. Prof. Harden could not come to Pakistan due to some unavoidable circumstances. He made the presentation through Video link but I am glad to know your friendship with these Giants- Chief Editor