How Chottey Turned Chottu

It’s been fashioned among our political culture to launch such an unlawful and criminal profiler in order to intimidate and threaten the life, property and dignity of common people to achieve their vested aims.

By Sarfraz Ahmed Rana.

Chottu- Apparently; whether his name dissimulated our Police force or our Police empowered merely to exercise power against innocent and unarmed people of the society. This mystery has yet to conceal. Well; let’s talk about something Chottu, one who made our so called vigilant police go through such a tough time even he killed half a dozen Policemen, don’t go after his name. He did something enormous than his name by picking our 27 policemen hostages comfortably in his custody.

Ghulam Rasool largely known as Chottu, had gotten his name “Chottu” as he is younger one in all his siblings. He belongs to Bakhrani Baloch family. He used to work as a peasant to make his family’s bread and butter for their survival. Sometimes he performed his duties as a waiter on small Dhabas at village usually used the term “Chootey” for waiters at such Dhabas. But eventually, he turned Chottu from Chottey.

How did he become a popular villain with a high-risk criminal profile? From where did he get resources and modern arms? Under whose allegiance he has been involved in serious nature of crimes as abduction, robbery, killing, and extortion. Palpably, he has strong political backing for which he abducted people and to release them by getting decent ransom that he has to share with his local political partners and sometimes he makes some of police officers happy by giving their share of the black money.

In the beginning, he has been involved in low profile cases but in a very short period of time, he becomes chief and master mind of “Chottu gang”. He established strong links with Politicians in Punjab as well as Sindh. Punjab Police has carried out several bogus operations against him but every time they have faced political pressure to stop the operation.

After each failed operation Chottu gets self-confidence to carry out illegitimate activities vigorously and he has reached at point where police became helpless to abandon his illegal activities even Army taking enough time to bring him down.

However, he played a lot of tricks and treating between Sindh and Punjab Police by moving around in both provinces freely whenever was necessary. He claimed that some senior most officers have been working on his pay role. By and large, some local police officers managed to accommodate him in one way or other on several occasions. His main areas of target in Punjab were Rahim Yar Khan, Sadik Abad and Rajanpur.

District RajanPur is crossroad between Punjab, Baluchistan and Sindh provinces of Pakistan. It has been considered among the most backward and least developed districts of Punjab. Some are vocal to blame Takht-e-Lahore but it’s a matter of fact, representatives of these areas who has been elected for years are entirely failed due to their dishonest and selfish attitude to deliver better services for the welfare of people.

Certainly, there are big political hands are involved behind Chottu gang who have facilitated this small armed group to meet their own gains by providing political protection and modern weapons. Such politicians who harboured them are equally responsible in his every crime he committed. Therefore, there might be a criminal after every successful politician in Pakistan with few exceptions.

It’s been fashioned among our political culture to launch such an unlawful and criminal profiler in order to intimidate and threaten the life, property and dignity of common people to achieve their vested aims.

Wasting time, resources, energy above all compromising valuable lives addressing wrong thing. It’s only one Chuttu that is being highlighted, there are numerous such groups are working for our politicians for their unlawful activities. There is utter need to streamline such powerful political elements that are supporting them to achieve their political ends.

The writer is the columnist and International relations analyst.

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