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The Wattu (also spelled Wattoo) (Hindi: वतु, Urdu: وٹو) are a Muslim Rajput and Muslim Jats[need quotation to verify] tribe found in Punjab, Pakistan. The Wattu Rajputs of Satluj have later become Bodlas and now they deny their Rajput origin and claim a commonly admitted Qureshi origin. They mostly inhabit the Depalpur district and Pakpattan district where they are mostly agriculturists and landowners.[need quotation to verify] Some menial tribes and groups are attached to the Wattoos, such as the Fazal ka Maneka and others. Wattu caste has close relationship with Sukhera caste.
Historically, the Wattu/Wattoo were mostly Hindus, when some of their chiefs and leaders accepted Islam. The Wattu had a rather ambiguous position, later, towards the British, and even actively resisted them until the final annexation of the Punjab in March 1849, following the Second Anglo-Sikh War.[need quotation to verify]
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