Multan Sultans owner Alamgir Khan Tareen, brother of Istehkam-i-Pakistan Party (IPP) leader Jahangir Tareen, passed away in Lahore, the Pakistan Super League franchise said on Thursday.
“It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of our beloved team owner, Alamgir Khan Tareen,” the tweet said.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr Tareen’s family. We request you all to kindly respect his family’s privacy. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”
SHO Ghalib Market Muhammad Irfan told Dawn.com that Alamgir allegedly shot himself. The police official added that the weapon was in police custody and that police had cordoned off Alamgir’s Gulberg residence.
SHO Irfan said the process of collecting evidence was ongoing, and said based on preliminary investigations, they could not determine the cause of the alleged suicide.
“The police will be able to present a final report with the facts and reasons of the case after the initial investigation is completed,” he added.
According to a profile on Multan Sultans’ website, Alamgir had established a name for himself as a “leading businessman in South Punjab, was the Managing Director of Shamim and Company (Pvt) Ltd, which is the official bottler and franchise of PepsiCo for South Punjab and was at the helm of the affairs since 1990”.
He did his bachelors from the University of California at Berkeley and later completed his masters degree from Yale.
The profile said Alamgir was a sports enthusiast who was a “keen believer in the role sports plays in community upliftment”, adding that he had wanted to “work towards establishing a solid platform for aspiring sportsmen and women and to provide them with the best possible resources to further develop their skills”.
“Mr. [Alamgir] Tareen was also the driving force behind the data-based approach that the franchise follows,” it said.
His death triggered an outpouring of sympathy on Twitter.
Cricket commentator Zainab Abbas tweeted that her thoughts were with the entire family and praised Alamgir as a “happy soul who made everyone smile around him”.
Grassroots Cricket sent out their condolences along with several other journalists.
Islamabad United’s owner Ali Naqvi also took to Twitter to express his condolences for the passing of his fellow franchise owner.
“Shocked at the news of Alamgir’s demise. He was one of the finest gentlemen I had come across. He was always full of life and was a very refined person. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tareen family, and also with MultanSultan/PSL fraternity. May God bless his soul,” Naqvi said in the tweet.
Lahore Qalandars said that the death of the Multan Sultans’ owner “leaves a significant void within the cricket community.”
“May the departed soul rest in peace, and may their loved ones find strength and solace in the memories shared and the legacy left behind,” the franchise added.