Model's death: Son of envoy a suspect

Model's death: Son of envoy a suspect
Pakistan police investigator Javed Awan said Ms Chaudhry arrived in Pakistan in July, to buy land and set up a fashion school. She was lured to the country by a man named Muaz Waqur, who offered to sell her land.

ONE of the suspects arrested for the murder of Singapore-based model Fehmina Uzair Chaudhry is the son of a diplomat who was based in Singapore until a few months ago, Pakistan police said.

The family of Muaz Waqar, 24, insisted he had been tortured into confessing to the crime.

The police, who arrested a second man last month, said the trial will start soon.

"Muaz is the son of Samina Waqar, who served in the Pakistan embassy in Singapore," police investigator Javed Awan told The Straits Times.

Waqar, who studied for three years in Singapore, admitted to the murder last month, the police said.

The second suspect, identified as Asif Mehmood Abbasi, was arrested on Oct 22.

Mr Awan said Abbasi confessed to strangling the 27-year-old woman with a rope. Abbasi, believed to be in his 20s, worked as an office assistant for Waqar, a real estate agent, said Mr Awan.

According to local media reports, Waqar became friends with Ms Chaudhry in Singapore and they wanted to start an advertising and fashion business in Pakistan. He was also helping to negotiate land deals for her.

Ms Chaudhry reportedly gave him gold jewellery worth three million Pakistani rupees (S$35,000) to buy land but when the deal fell through, she asked for her money back.

Waqar then offered her a modelling deal.

On Oct 10, Ms Chaudhry and the two men went to meet some people about a land deal. She went missing after that.

Police said telephone records showed contact between her and Waqar. Photographs of them are also found on his Facebook page.

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