A GUN-toting Instagram playboy has confessed to the brutal gun murder of a British law graduate shot dead in Pakistan.
Zahir Jadoon flew into a rage after Zayra Zulfiqar, 25, rejected a marriage proposal, police have said.
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.
Jadoon – a 26-year-old socialite from a wealthy Pakistani family – was said to have admitted carrying out the brutal killing in Lahore on May 3.
Social media posts of the suspect show him proudly posing with pistols and assault rifles.
Police Superintendent Police Shoaib Khurram Janbaz told The Sun last night: “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.
After she decided to stay on in Pakistan she became close to Jadoon – but he flew into a rage when she refused his marriage proposal, police said.
After a nationwide manhunt was launched Butt turned himself in to authorities and remains under investigation.
Just days before she was killed, Mayra told police that Jadoon – who she is believed to have had a relationship with – allegedly abducted her at gunpoint and threatened to kill her.
Jadoon 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 Jadoon has admitted he lied and confessed to killing the British law graduate.
Days before she was killed Mayra is said to have told police Jadoon abducted her at gunpoint and threatened to kill her.
Like her alleged killer, Mayra was prolific on Instagram, regularly striking alluring poses for her 11,800 followers.
Police announced the breakthrough in the case last night after her father appealed directly to Imran Khan, Pakistan’s prime minister, telling him: “I need justice.”
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