Pakistani police are searching for two men from London who were suspected of killing a law graduate from London, amid claims that the two men pressured them to marry.
Myra Zulfiqar, 24, now known as a Belgian and a resident of the United Kingdom, who had moved to Pakistan from London two months ago, was found dead in her rented flat in Lahore on Monday.
Four people are believed to have broken into the property on Monday, including two key suspects.
Punjab Superintendent of Police Sadra Khan, referring to the initial post-mortem report, told reporters that Zulfiqar had died after being shot in the arm and neck.
The force confirmed that it had opened the first information report on the case after receiving a complaint from Zulfiqar’s uncle, Muhammad Nazir, a resident of Lahore.
Nazir said Zulfiqar had told her she had gotten into an argument with two male friends after refusing her marriage proposals, and had threatened her with “serious consequences”.
Syed Ali, an operations superintendent of Punjab police, told Dawn News that an unidentified caller had alerted the force about the killing and forensic experts cordoned off the scene.
“We are still after the two suspects and will share more details at a later stage,” he said, adding: “We have seized the mobile phone for forensic analysis.”
He also said police were analyzing footage from nearby CCTV cameras. Zulfiqar’s parents are expected to arrive in Lahore this weekend from their home in west London.
In a statement, Duncan Bullett Law said Zulfiqar was briefly enrolled in his Legal Teachers program before being suspended due to the code. She said she was “the best man who showed keen interest in commercial law.”
A British official source said Foreign Office officials had been supporting the family, and that the matter had been referred to the Belgian consular services.
“Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time,” he said.
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