A young British woman has been killed in Pakistan with reports that the brutal murder may have been a “crime of passion” carried out by two men who both wanted to marry her.
The victim, identified as Mayra Zulfiqar from Feltham in London, reportedly moved to the country in recent months where she was shot and strangled in her rented property.
According to documents obtained by the BBC and Daily Mail the 26-year-old had been threatened by two men who both wanted her hand in marriage.
The young professional was found dead in Lahore after attackers broke into her home in the middle of the night, reports MyLondon.
It is understood that as many as four men forced their way into the property before Mayra was killed.
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.
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.