Asim Jamil, son of renowned Islamic scholar Maulana Tariq Jamil, passed away in Punjab’s Talamba on Sunday, Pakistan media reported quoting the deceased’s family.
Confirming the news in a post on social media platform X (formerly Twitter), Tariq said the “accidental death” had turned the atmosphere mournful.
“We request you all to remember us in your prayers on this sad occasion. May Allah grant my son a high place in heaven,” he added.
Mian Channu Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mohammad Saleem told Dawn.com that Asim was taken to Talamba Rural Health Centre, where he was pronounced dead.
The body is being moved to the family’s home from the health centre, he added.
A statement from the Punjab police spokesperson said the cause of death appeared to be a “gunshot”.
Talking to Dawn.com, Multan Regional Police Officer (RPO) Sohail Chaudhry said Asim “shot himself in the chest” in a gymnasium at his home. “According to the family, Asim committed suicide,” the RPO said.
Chaudhry further said the police had acquired CCTV footage that “confirms he can be seen shooting himself in the chest”. “We are sending the footage for forensic analysis,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Punjab police statement said Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Usman Anwar took notice of the incident and sought a report from the Multan RPO.
IGP Anwar said the conclusive cause of death should be “determined in the light of evidence and forensic report”.