A murdered British law student decided to stay in Pakistan because she wouldn’t pay up to £ 1,750 for quarantine if she returned to the UK – and had complained about unwanted claims from a local gangster, a family source has told MailOnline.
Mayra Zulfiqar, 26, of Feltham in southwest London, was found dead in the early morning hours of Lahore in a property in Lahore’s upscale Defense District after four attackers allegedly raided a bedroom in a friend’s house where she was staying the night.
Mayra traveled to Pakistan with her mother Tabasaam two months ago to attend a cousin’s wedding but decided to stay in the country after being placed on the coronavirus red list.
Her mother rescheduled her flight so that she could return to the family home a few days before Pakistan was placed on the red list.
But Mayra had complained to relatives about the cost of the ten-day quarantine in Britain, saying she preferred seeing it out in Pakistan in the hope that it would be removed from the red list next month.
Mayra Zulfiqar, 26, a graduate of British law, was shot and strangled in Lahore’s defense district after a gunman allegedly raided her rented home
A family source said: ‘She didn’t want to come back to pay all that quarantined money in Britain, so she decided to stay in Lahore, where she lived with her grandmother.
She was angry that it was too much money for ten days in a filthy hotel. Instead, she thought she would have more fun in Lahore and that she was having a good time after making a new group of friends. ‘
The family source also revealed that Mayra had filed three complaints with local police about harassment by Saad Ameer Butt, one of two men arrested.
The source added: ‘A local gangster closely associated with the police in Lahore took her in, but despite reporting him for harassment, they did nothing. The police there are very corrupt and do not take crimes against women seriously. ‘
Her murder is said to have taken place in a house rented by one of her friends in the area of defense shortly after 4 a.m. Devout Muslim Mayra had just shared a meal with her friends before staring at their fast for Ramadan day.
Neighbors reported hearing screams and at least two gunshots before police arrived to find Mayra’s body in an upstairs bedroom, which had also been thrown out.
Family sources in Pakistan revealed that Mayra got engaged to a man from Islamabad shortly after arriving in the country and planned to marry next year.
The source added: ‘There weren’t two men sitting behind Mayra’s hand, that’s just not true. She was engaged and in a committed relationship.
‘It was a man who was bothering her, and we don’t know why. Maybe it was because she is from the UK and is a very beautiful girl. It could have been status for him. ‘
Mayra had the ambition to become a lawyer and start her own law firm. Before traveling to Pakistan for the wedding, she did an internship with a legal firm in Dubai.
Ms. Zulfiqar (pictured) is said to have moved from Pakistan from the UK about two months ago, where she studied at Middlesex University after attending school in Twickenham. She was visiting Pakistan for a wedding but decided to stay
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) with the police, accusing two men of being behind the murder of his niece.
Her mother and father, Zulfiqar Muhammad, flew to Pakistan on Tuesday morning, just hours after finding out about Mayra’s death. They have three other sons who have stayed in the family home and are comforted by friends and relatives.
The 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 the police find her killer, because they felt helpless waiting in London for news.”
The victim’s distraught parents are believed to travel to Pakistan after being informed of their daughter’s death.
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) with police, accusing two men of being behind the murder of his niece.
The Lahore resident complained that two of Ms. Zulfiqar’s friends – named by them as Zahir Jadoon and Saad Ameer Butt Dawn.com – had threatened and harassed her, leaving her fearful of life with “dire consequences,” the report said.
The FIR states that the woman’s uncle said he would confront the two friends about their actions, but on Monday around 2pm, he received a call from her father in London saying she had been shot, the outlet reported.
The uncle alleges that Ms. Zulfiqar was murdered by two friends, along with the help of two other unidentified people, in the early hours of Monday morning as part of a plot, Independent Urdu said.
According to the report, one of the victim’s friends tried to force her to marry him but competed with another.
The woman was murdered by a gunman in a rented house in Pakistan on Monday, it has been reported. Pictured: Mayra Zulfiqar’s rented house in the Lahore defense area
Ms. Zulfiqar had refused to marry both, and her uncle is now seeking legal action against the two he has charged with her murder, the outlet reported.
Mr. Nazeer has said he suspects Mr. Jadoon and Mr. Butt, along with their two unknown accomplices, murdered his niece – after complicated planning – around 4-5 in the morning.
According to Dawn.com, Mr Nazeer’s criminal complaint has filed a case against the suspects under Sections 302 and 34 of Pakistan’s Penal Code – First Degree Murder and Common Intent.
According to Station House Officer (SHO) Qasim, a police officer involved in the investigation, investigators are looking to see if her death was due to the gunshot wound, or if there was also strangulation.
Qasim, who was on site and took the body into custody, said: “The woman had a gunshot wound to the shoulder, but the exact cause of death will be known after her post-mortem and forensic report, whether the death was appropriate. a gunshot wound or that her throat had been strangled.
“We’ve investigated every aspect of the murder. After the autopsy and the forensic report, more facts will come to light. ‘
SHO Qasim also confirmed that Mahira’s uncles FIR of the victim’s murder are registered under Section 302 of Pakistan’s Penal Code.
Mr. Sayyed told reporters that Mrs. Zulfiqar’s friend lived in an adjoining room in the upper part of the house and that she was assisting the police in their investigation.
The officer said they had been warned of the apparent murder and that forensic experts had cordoned off the crime scene.
He added that the woman had been found in a pool of blood in her room. A cell phone was found near her body.
“We confiscated the cell phone for forensic analysis,” Sayyed told the local point of sale, adding that officers were trying to find camera images nearby.
The woman’s parents and other relatives living abroad have been contacted, Mr Sayyed said.
“We are also looking for two suspects and will share further details at a later stage,” said police, adding that Ms. Zulfiqar’s friend had not shared details that might assist in their investigation.
He added that Mrs. Zulfiqar has been taken to a morgue for an autopsy, with police saying no arrests have been made so far.
Ms. Zulfiqar is said to have moved from the UK to Pakistan where, according to her LinkedIn profile, she worked as a legal assistant at Duncan Blackett.