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A close friend of the British woman who was killed in Pakistan has told how her parents are struggling to come to terms with her death.

Mayra Zulfiqar was of Pakistani origin and is believed to have been aged about 25.

News reports said she was killed in Lahore after refusing to marry a man.

Ziaur Rehman, who runs a market stall in Feltham, west London, told Sky News: "Her father called me on Monday and asked me to come to his house.

"He was crying, I sensed there was something wrong, then I went there and the news was shocking."

"Her mother she is really struggling now, she is not well at all."

Mr Rehman had formed such a close friendship with Ms Zulfiqar’s family that she even helped babysit his three young children.

They also used to celebrate Eid together.

He said: "She was very happy with my kids and would play with them, she was like their big sister.

"She was very friendly, very kind."

Mr Rehman, who had not spoken to the law graduate for four or five months, says he wishes he could have gone to Pakistan to stop the killing from taking place.

He said: "This has happened she cannot come back and I’m asking why… she had nobody there, she was alone."

After her death, Ms Zulfiqar’s friend Mohammad Nazeer had told police a man wanted to marry her and had threatened her with "dire consequences" if she refused.

Pakistan’s English-language newspaper Dawn reported that Ms Zulfiqar had bullet wounds and signs of torture on her body.

Station House Officer Qasim said the cause of her death was not yet clear.

He told The Independent Urdu: "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."

Police have detained two men for questioning over the death.

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Ms Zulfiqar arrived in Pakistan two months ago for a wedding and was staying at a rented home with a friend.

According to the Evening Standard, she previously lived in Feltham, west London.

She was a law student at Middlesex University and had gone on to work as a paralegal.

In a statement supplied to Sky News, the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office said: "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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