LAHORE: Gullu ‘The Destroyer’ Butt, who brought big time shame to Pakistan by vandalizing dozens of cars outside Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) / Minhaj-ul-Quran headquarters in Lahore on June 17, is said to be in safe hands, .
“Gullu is in safe hands now. He has been sent away to a safe location out of the city”, his ‘mamoon’ (maternal) uncle told Samaa immediately after his release from the Lahore’s central jail.
Earlier, Samaa TV footage showed the ‘Lord of Vandalism’, who sports a massive (handlebar) moustachio, walking out from a jail in Lahore and up to his car –with his head bent down– amid a festive reception. He then sat in his luxury ride with a grave looking face and left the premises of prison without talking to media.
To a question, his uncle said that Gullu needed some rest to recoup his peace of mind before facing the media.
“I will duly produce him before the respected media as soon as Gullu is good to talk”, said he.
Gullu was responsible for the violent nature of the altercation between police and Minhaj-ul-Quran workers in the 2014 Lahore clash.
Initially blame for the violence was placed on the NGO workers. News footage then revealed an individual using a club to smash the windscreens of many parked vehicles; he was identified as Gullu Butt, an activist of the ruling PML-N, against whom the PAT was agitating.
According to several media reports Gullu Butt had been invited by the Punjab police to disrupt what had been a peaceful movement but Saad Rafique, Federal Minister for Railways, announced that Gullu Butt did not have any connection with the government.
He was arrested but released shortly after on bail; an incident that prompted heavy condemnation of the ruling party by the PAT and PTI.
‘Gullu’ Likely to Land in Oxford Dictionary
The word Gullu associated from Gullu Butt has been given a meaning of “disruptive behavior of someone enjoying (good or bad) backing of the ruling/powerful segments of society”.
Syed Shamim Azam, a linguistic from Lahore wrote to Oxford Dictionary to add the word Gullu in their upcoming version of the dictionary which is going to be available in Pakistan and India. On which the publishers replied back if “The term achieves enormous currency with a wide audience in a much shorter space of time, and people expect to find the new ‘high-profile’ word in their dictionaries, it sure is included in the dictionary”