British woman murdered in Pakistan

A British woman has been found dead in the city of Lahore.

British woman murdered in Pakistan. Mayra Zulfiqar, of Pakistani origin but living in London, was shot and strangled.

Local news reports stated that she was killed for refusing to marry a man.

Her friend, Mohammad Nazeer, explained to police that the man had threatened her if she did not comply with his wishes.

An English speaking Pakistani newspaper reported that her body had been discovered with bullet wounds and signs of strangulation.

However her cause of death still remains unclear. A police officer said “The woman had a bullet wound to the shoulder, but the exact cause of death will be known after her autopsy and forensic report, whether the death was due to a gunshot wound or whether her throat was strangled.”

Two men have been detained for questioning over her death.

Ms Zulfiqar had travelled to Pakistan for a wedding and had been staying with a friend for two months, although she lived in Feltham, West London.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office said in a statement “We are supporting the family of a British woman who died in Pakistan and are urgently seeking more information from the local authorities. Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.”

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