The Foreign Office is understood to be investigating reports that a British woman has been killed in Lahore, Pakistan.
The woman reportedly travelled to the country for a friend’s wedding.
Authorities in Lahore have yet to confirm details, but a police officer told local reporters that a group of four men broke into the woman’s rented home and killed her.
An officer, named only as Qasim, was quoted by the Jam Press news agency as saying: “We have launched an investigation into every aspect of the murder. More facts will come to light after the autopsy and forensic report.”
A source said Foreign Office officials were investigating the reports of her death. They said: “We are supporting the woman’s family and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.”
Detectives in the Lahore are hunting for two men after a 24-year-old British woman was shot dead after they both reportedly pressured her to marry them.
Sayyed Ali, an operations superintendent at Punjab Police, said the murder scene has been cordoned off and forensics have attended the site.
He told the English-language newspaper Dawn: “We have seized a mobile phone for forensic analysis. We
Mr Ali said CCTV is being analysed for clues.
It’ is understood Ms Zulfiquar, who is of Pakistani heritage, sustained two gunshot wounds – one to her arm and another on her neck. A post-mortem examination showed she had suffered bruises to her right hand and left foot.
Police said Ms Zulfiquar’s uncle Mohammed Nazeer discovered her body after receiving a phone call from her father in London to say she had been killed.
According to a police complaint filed by Mr Nazeer, Ms Zulfiquar reportedly told him she had been harassed and threatened by two men after declining both their marriage proposals.
Sky reported that Ms Zulfiquar was buried on Wednesday morning in Lahore. Her parents are said to have travelled from their home in Feltham, west London, to pay their final respects.
Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said: “My thoughts and prayers are with her family. It’s really important we get to the bottom of this. This is clearly a very serious incident.”
The Foreign, Commonwealth and 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.”