British Pakistani Mayra Zulfiqar found dead in Lahore ‘after refusing to marry man’

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British Pakistani Mayra Zulfiqar found dead in Lahore 'after refusing to marry man'
British Pakistani Mayra Zulfiqar found dead in Lahore 'after refusing to marry man'

A close friend of the law graduate has told to media that how the 24-year-old’s parents are struggling to come to terms with her death.

Police in the Pakistan city of Lahore is hunting for two men over the murder of a UK resident they had each reportedly been pressurizing to marry them. The suspects are being hunted as a close friend of Mayra Zulfiqar has told media how the victim’s parents are struggling to come to terms with their daughter’s death.

Ms. Zulfiquar, a 24-year-old law graduate of Pakistani origin who is a Belgian national, was found dead with bullet wounds in her rented flat after four men, including the two chief suspects, were believed to have broken in early on Monday. Said Ms. Zulfiquar was buried in a funeral service in Lahore this morning in accordance with Islamic tradition. Her parents flew out to the city from Feltham, in west London, to attend the service.

Their daughter had travelled to Pakistan for a wedding two months ago and had decided to stay. Punjab police superintendent Sidra Khan, citing an initial post-mortem report, told Dawn that Ms Zulfiquar had two bullet wounds one to her neck and another to her arm and had bled to death. Bruises were found on her right hand and left foot.

Police said they have opened a first information report (FIR) on the case after receiving a complaint from Ms. Zulfiquar’s uncle, Lahore resident Mohammad Nazeer. The FIR said Mr. Nazeer found his niece’s body after receiving a phone call from her father in London to say she had been killed.

The UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office said in a statement it was supporting the family. It added: “Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.”

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