While some thought he was no better than a common gangster, most people living in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi saw him as their savior. Nobody can deny that the very mention of Senior Superintendent of Police Chaudhry Aslam sent shivers down the spines of most criminals.
When news of his death in a suicide attack started spreading through the metropolis, locals were left in a state of shock.
This is was not the first time that Aslam was targeted. In September 2011, there was a devastating bomb attack at his Karachi residence early one morning, but he emerged unscathed. It was another in a long line of attempts on the senior superintendent’s life, all of which he survived, giving birth to the notion that Aslam had more lives than a cat.
A senior Pakistani police investigator killed in a bomb attack in Karachi. Targeted by Taliban in the past, he had survived 9 attempts— Salman Masood (@salmanmasood) January 9, 2014
Never one to throw in the towel, Aslam stood tall and said the attack on his house was carried out by cowards
“These people attack children in their sleep,” he told the media, referring to his kids in the house. “I will wipe out the future generations of all these terrorists.”
Despite the perils, the Karachi cop continued his fight against Taliban militants and gangsters of the densely populated area of Lyari. Known to lead his team into the field and ensure that he was the first in the line of fire, Aslam was highly revered by the police force and feared by criminals.
“Come and meet me on the streets, if you have the guts,” he dared terrorist groups on one occasion.
His real name was Muhammad Aslam Khan. Chaudhry, or respected one, was added later and thus the legend of ‘Chaudhry Aslam’ was born.
He is perhaps best known for killing one of the most notorious gangsters in Karachi’s history, Rehman Dakait.
However, Aslam’s fight against crime ended on January 9, 2014, as did his life.
He was known in some circles as an ‘encounter’ specialist. This was a polite way of suggesting that the great ‘Chaudhry’ staged fake police encounters and actually murdered the suspects. None of these accusations were ever proven.
For most, Aslam will remain a hero. He was one of the cops that Karachi’s police force can be proud of. He had the sort of mettle that the majority of the policemen lack. Critics may say that his methods to enforce the law were ruthless, but he is perhaps the sort of officer that Karachi still needs to keep criminals and terrorists at bay.