Two men have been charged in the death of a dual British-Belgian woman of Pakistani descent in Lahore’s DHA neighborhood, according to reports.
Mahira, 25, was discovered shot to death at her rental home in Defence on Monday.
The deceased woman had recently returned from the United Kingdom, where her family had settled, and shared the upper portion of the rental house with a friend who resided in her adjoining bed.
According to the original postmortem examination, Mahira was shot twice, once in the neck and once in the arm, according to the case’s investigating officer, Defence Circle Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sidra Khan. Her right hand and left foot were both covered with bruises.
As part of the investigation, police have taken her housemate into custody.
On the complaint of Mahira’s uncle, Defence-B police filed a First Information Report (FIR) against two alleged Mahira friends on murder charges late Monday.
Mohammad Nazeer, a resident of Lahore, claimed in his application that Mahira told him while visiting him a few days ago, that her friends Zahir Jadoon and Saad Ameer Butt were threatening her with “dire consequences.”
Nazeer said he promised her and asked her to let him know if anything happened after she told him she was afraid for her life because of the two guys.
The cause of the conflict, according to the claimant, was that suspect Saad was pressuring Mahira to marry him, though Zahir still wanted to marry her. According to the FIR, Mahira had flatly declined to marry any of them.
Nazeer said he wanted to speak with the two men to help them understand, but on Monday afternoon, he received a call from Mahira’s father (his brother-in-law) in London informing him that Mahira had been fired.
According to the petitioner, he hurried to Mahira’s home in DHA Phase V and discovered her lying in a pool of blood. The FIR said that she had died and was bleeding from the throat.
After meticulous preparation, Nazeer believes Zahir and Saad, along with two unknown accomplices, murdered Mahira at about 4-5 a.m. on Monday. A case was filed against the suspects under Sections 302 (premeditated murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code in response to his allegation.
Cantt Operations Superintendent of Police Sayyed Ali told earlier, that an anonymous caller had alerted police to the crime, and that forensic specialists had investigated the scene and cordoned it off.
According to him, the woman was found in a pool of blood in her bed, with her cellphone close to her body.
“The phone has been confiscated for forensic analysis,” the SP added, adding that police teams were now attempting to view video from local CCTV cameras to look for any suspicious movement.
SP Sayyed added that they had also contacted the deceased’s parents and other relatives in the United States to obtain information.
The deceased’s family was unable to fly to Pakistan immediately due to travel restrictions imposed by Covid-19.
According to ASP Khan, the FIR was filed after the deceased woman’s family gave her uncle in Lahore power of attorney to file the case.
She said that police hoped to apprehend the suspects as quickly as possible.