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West London law graduate shot and strangled in Pakistan

A police investigation is underway after a young woman from Feltham, West London was brutally murdered in Lahore, Pakistan.

Mayra Zulfiqar, 26, is believed to have been shot and strangled in her rented home in Pakistan.

Legal documents obtained by the BBC and Daily Mail reportedly show that Mayra had recently been threatened by two men who both wanted to marry her.

Mayra, who is from Feltham, is believed to have moved to Pakistan around two months ago, having studied at the University of West London.

She was found dead in Lahore after attackers reportedly broke into her rented accommodation.

She is believed to have told her uncle two men had been trying to force her to marry them.

Local reports say two men had been competing for Ms Zulfiqar’s hand in marriage, with police in Pakistan describing the killing as a possible ‘crime of passion’.

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.

Independent Urdu detail that Mayra is believed to have been being harassed by two male friends, who had been threatening her.

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.

A post mortem examination is reportedly being carried out to determine the Londoner’s cause of death.

The Daily Mail added that according to Station House Officer (SHO) Qasim, who is a police officer involved in the investigation, investigators are looking at whether her death was due to the gunshot wound, or if strangulation was also involved.

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Prior to moving to Pakistan, Mayra had been working as a paralegal at Duncan Blackett Law, according to her LinkedIn profile and had previously graduated with a Masters degree in law from the University of West London.

Her parents are understood to be travelling to Pakistan and police say no arrests have been made.



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