Wednesday, February 21

Mayra Zulfiqar told police about death threat before she murdered in Pakistan


Murdered Londoner Mayra Zulfiqar had reportedly warned police her life was in danger less than two weeks before she was shot in Lahore.

The 24-year-old law graduate was found in a pool of blood in her rented flat in the Pakistani city on Monday. Four men including the two chief suspects were believed to have broken in that morning.

Police said Ms Zulfiquar had two bullet wounds – one to her neck and another to her arm and had bled to death. Bruises were found on her right hand and left foot.

Thirteen days earlier, she had reportedly asked police for protection after accusing a man of abducting her at gunpoint. Ms Zulfiquar had been threatened by two men who both wanted to marry her, according to legal documents seen by the BBC.

It reported details of a police report filed on 20 April, in which Ms Zulfiqar is said to have named and accused a man of abducting her at gunpoint and attempting to sexually assault her a few days earlier.

She said she managed to run away by alerting bystanders, but the man threatened her, saying “you won’t be able to escape, I will kill you.”

Police said they have opened a first information report (FIR) on the case after receiving a complaint from Ms Zulfiquar’s uncle, Lahore resident Mohammad Nazeer.

The FIR said Mr Nazeer found his niece’s body after receiving a phone call from her father in London to say she had been killed.

Mr Nazeer also said Ms Zulfiquar had told him she had become embroiled in a dispute with two male friends after she had refused their marriage proposals, and that they had threatened her with dire consequences.

Sayyed Ali, an operations superintendent at Punjab Police, told English-language newspaper Dawn an unidentified caller had alerted the force about the murder and that forensic experts visited and cordoned off the scene.

We are also after two suspects and will share further details at a later stage, Mr Sayyed said, adding Ms Zulfiquar had been found lying in a pool of blood in her room with her mobile phone near her body.

We have seized the mobile phone for forensic analysis. Mr Sayyed said police were also analysing footage from nearby CCTV cameras in the hope of finding suspects.

Ms Zulfiquar’s parents were expected to arrive in Lahore from their home in west London later this week. Their daughter had travelled to Pakistan for a wedding two months ago and had decided to stay, Dawn said.

In a statement, Duncan Blackett Law said Ms Zulfiqar had been briefly enrolled on its legal mentorship programme before it was postponed as a result of the coronavirus outbreak and she was an excellent mentee who demonstrated a keen interest in commercial law.

Gracie Duncan, of Duncan Blackett Law, told the Daily Mail: She was a lovely girl, very quietly spoken, very keen to learn and to get into the profession. I am very shocked to learn what has happened to her.