A British law graduate has been shot and strangled at her rented home in Pakistan after telling her uncle two men had been trying to force her to marry them.
Mayra Zulfiqar, 26, from Feltham in south west London, was found dead at the property in the Defence district of Lahore after four attackers reportedly barged into her home and bedroom.
Local reports say two men had been competing for Ms Zulfiqar’s hand in marriage, raising the suspicion that the killing could be a ‘crime of passion’.
Ms Zulfiqar, who studied law at the University of West London, is understood to have moved to Pakistan from the UK around two months ago after attending a friend’s wedding and deciding to stay in the country.
The victim’s distraught parents are understood to be travelling to Pakistan after they were told of their daughter’s death.
According to the Independent Urdu, the victim’s uncle – Mohammad Nazeer, who had visited his niece a few days ago – filed a First Incident Report (FIR) to the police, accusing two men of being behind his niece’s murder.
British law graduate Mayra Zulfiqar, 26, was found to have been shot and strangled in the Defence district of Lahore after gunman are believed to have barged into her rented home
The Lahore native complained that two of Ms Zulfiqar’s friends – named as Zahir Jadoon and Saad Ameer Butt by Dawn.com – had been threatening and harassing her, making her fear for hear life with ‘dire consequences’, according to the report.
The FIR states that the woman’s uncle said he would confront the two friends over their actions, but at around 2pm on Monday he received a phone call from her father in London saying that she had been shot, the outlet reported.
The uncle claims that Ms Zulfiqar was killed by two friends, along with the help of two other unidentified people, in the early hours of Monday morning as part of a plot, according to Independent Urdu.
According to the report, one of the friends of the victim was trying to force her to marry him, but was in competition with another.
Ms Zulfiqar had refused to marry both of them, and her uncle is now seeking legal action against the two he has accused of her killing, the outlet reported.
According to Station House Officer (SHO) Qasim, a police officer involved in the investigation, investigators are looking at whether her death was due to the gunshot wound, or if strangulation was involved as well.
Ms Zulfiqar (pictured) is understood to have moved from Pakistan from the UK around two months ago, where she had been studying at Middlesex University after attending school in Twickenham. She was visiting Pakistan for a wedding but decided to stay
According to the Independent Urdu , the victim’s uncle – Mohammad Nazeer, who had visited his niece a few days ago – filed a First Incident Report (FIR) to the police, accusing two men of being behind his niece’s murder
Qasim, who was on the scene and took the body into custody, said: ‘The woman had a bullet wound to the shoulder, but the exact cause of death will be known after her post-mortem and forensic report, whether the death was due to a gunshot wound or whether her throat was strangled.
‘We have launched an investigation into every aspect of the murder. More facts will come to light after the autopsy and forensic report.’
SHO Qasim also confirmed that Mahira’s uncles FIR of the murder of the victim has been registered under Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code.
Ms Zulfiqar had arrived in the country two months ago from the the UK where her family are from, police superintendent Sayyed Ali told Dawn.com.
Mr Sayyed told reporters that Ms Zulfiqar’s friend was living in an adjoining room in the upper part of the house, and that she was assisting police in their investigation.
The officer said that they had been alerted to the apparent murder, and that forensic experts had cordoned off the crime scene.
The woman was murdered by gunman at a rented home in Pakistan on Monday, it has been reported. Pictured: Mayra Zulfiqar’s rented home in the Defense area of Lahore
He added that the woman had been found lying in a pool of blood in her room. A mobile phone was found near her body.
‘We have seized the mobile phone for forensic analysis,’ Sayyed told the local outlet, adding that officers were attempting to find nearby CCTV footage.
The woman’s parents and other family members living abroad have been contacted, Mr Sayyed noted as well.
‘We are also after two suspects and will share further details at a later stage,’ the police said, adding that Ms Zulfiqar’s friend had not shared detail that could help in their investigation.
He added that Ms Zulfiqar’s body had been taken to a morgue for an autopsy, with police saying so far no arrests have been made.
Ms Zulfiqar is understood to have moved from Pakistan from the UK, where she had been working as a paralegal at Duncan Blackett, according to her LinkedIn profile.
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