THE brother of the Instagram playboy who confessed to killing British law graduate Mayra Zulfiqar in Pakistan has been arrested.
Lahore police detained Zahir Jadoon's brother Tahir after it was alleged that he had given him the gun used in the fatal shooting.
Police have arrested two other men in the murder case after naming gun-toting playboy Zahir as the prime suspect.
Zahir has since secured bail while his cousin Zeeshan is on the run after the "killer" pinned him to the scene of the crime and allegedly told police that he had helped him plan Mayra's murder.
Police in Lahore have since launched a manhunt to find Zeeshan.
“He [Zeeshan] is on the run and we’re doing our best to arrest him," the investigation officer maintained.
"The raids are on to dig deep in this case."
Mayra, from Feltham, west London, was found dead lying in a pool of blood in her apartment after she was shot in the neck and shoulder on May 3.
A preliminary post-mortem examination revealed the victim had been strangled and shot – with scars also found on her body.
Ms Zulfiqar had moved to Pakistan just two months ago from the UK, where she was a law student at Middlesex University and went on to work as a paralegal at law firm Duncan Blackett.
Zahir – a 26-year-old socialite from a wealthy Pakistani family – is said to have admitted carrying out the brutal killing in Lahore.
Police Superintendent Police Shoaib Khurram Janbaz told The Sun: “The main suspect has confessed to his crime.
“The case is now solved and we move on to ensure punishment for the culprit.”
Jadoon and fellow rich kid Saad Butt, 28, were named as suspects after partying with Mayra after she travelled to Pakistan for a wedding.
The pair are believed to have lured Mayra into the party scene enjoyed by Lahore's young elite after she went to Pakistan two months earlier before deciding to stay.
Surrounded by the children of politicians, business tycoons and army generals, where guns, drugs and violence towards women are commonplace – the "psychotic" males are said to run riot under the protection of their family's wealth and power.
After she decided to stay on in Pakistan she became close to Zahir – but he flew into a rage when she refused his marriage proposal, police said.
Just days before she was killed, Mayra told police that Zahir – who she is believed to have had a relationship with – allegedly abducted her at gunpoint and threatened to kill her.
Zahir initially claimed he had an alibi and was in Islamabad at the time of the murder and Saad said he was at home in Lahore.
But police sources in Pakistan now say Zahir has admitted he lied and confessed to killing the British law graduate.
Social media posts of the 26-year-old suspect show him proudly posing with pistols and assault rifles.
He also frequently discussed the topic of vengeance in a series of posts – cryptically captioning one picture from May last year, "Revenge is a dish best served cold."
A source told the publication that Zahir had allegedly threatened one of her friends in a similar fashion after she rejected him.
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