the suspects broke into the flat and killed Mayra
British law graduate Mayra Zulfiqar was shot dead by two men who reportedly fought over who should marry her.
The 26-year-old was allegedly shot and strangled by suspects who broke into her flat in Lahore on May 3, 2021.
Mayra had been a law student at Middlesex University and went on to work as a paralegal at law firm Duncan Blackett.
She had moved to Pakistan sometime in March 2021.
It was reported that Mayra had been renting an apartment with a friend in the Defence area of Lahore where she was discovered dead next to her phone.
Her uncle had gone to Mayra’s flat and found the graduate lying in a pool of blood next to her phone.
In his police complaint, she was already dead and was bleeding from the neck.
A post-mortem revealed that the graduate had been strangled and shot. Scars were also found on her body.
Lahore police said that the suspects broke into the flat and killed Mayra in a crime of passion.
It was reported that two friends of Mayra were trying to force her into marriage, however, she had refused both of them.
Her uncle said that Mayra visited his house a few days before the shooting and told him that the two men were threatening and harassing her.
Station House Officer Qasim said Mayra travelled to Pakistan to attend a wedding but did not return.
He 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.”
A case has been registered against the two alleged killers.
Two other men are also being investigated on suspicion of assisting the alleged killers. No arrests have been made as of yet.
Mayra’s parents have travelled to Pakistan and the investigation is ongoing.
A family source said: “As you can imagine, the family is devastated. Mayra was a beautiful, fun, intelligent girl and a dutiful daughter and sister.
“The parents had to go to Pakistan to make sure that the police find her killer because they felt helpless sitting in London while waiting for news.”
One former neighbour described Mayra as a “happy young woman” and said he recalled seeing her coming to and from her family home in Feltham, Middlesex.
The neighbour added that they were a quiet family who kept separate from much of the neighbourhood.
He added: “She seemed like a happy young woman, and I still can’t believe it.
“She was young, probably in her twenties. She didn’t seem to talk much, but she was a happy person, smiling a lot.”