We all know about the sad demise of Khurram Ashraf, who had tranferred to Clemson from TIP and graduated in 1998. Our President Shakel Ahmad and Ms. Weinhold of the Anderson Independent Mail had an email conversation, regarding her article which was re-printed on Quack! Online.
Shakel Ahmed’s email to Ms. Weinhold follows.
Dear Ms. Weinhold,
I write to you as President of the Textile Institute of Pakistan (TIP), a university at Karachi associated with various fields of textiles. We are quite moved by the touching piece written by you on May 18, 2004 about Khurram Ashraf and wish to register our gratitude to your newspaper for remembering one of our alumni in such kind words. It was indeed tragic to have lost him in an unnecessary accident. Khurram had gone to the USA (Clemson) to complete his studies there. TIP was established with the help and guidance of faculty at Clemson and it was natural for him to pursue further academic interests at the mother institution. Recently setup and being a small institution (one of only two in the country) we have so far produced 284 graduates. This is why we remember each one of them because our interactions are still like those of a close nit family. On behalf of the TIP family, I wish to convey our sincere thanks to you personally and to your esteemed newspaper for carrying the story in a personalized away instead of simply reporting it. I pray that Khurram’s family is granted the patience to bear the loss with fortitude and that the Almighty grant his soul eternal peace in heaven.
President – Textile Institute of Pakistan
Ms. Weinhold’s reply to Shakel Ahmed.
Thank you so much for taking the time to send such a kind letter. It is always saddening to have to write stories on accidents that take lives, and my work on Syed’s passing was certainly no exception. He seemed to have touched the lives of many people here in his time in the United States, and even though I never knew him I feel confident his death was a great loss.
All my best-