Singapore-based Pakistani model Fehmina Chaudhry was found murdered in the Pakistan capital of Islamabad on Monday, after her alleged murderer confessed to killing her and led the police to her body.
According to reports by the Pakistan media, Ms Chaudhry’s mother, Ms Nashiba Taskeen, reported the 27-year-old as missing on Oct 12. Ms Chaudhry was visiting Islamabad to buy property.
"Police arrested the real estate broker and after interrogation, he told officers that he had murdered the model and dumped her body in a stream at the outskirts of the city," Islamabad police spokesman Muhammad Naeem told AFP.
Her promoter in Pakistan, Mr Asif Hashmi, confirmed Chaudhry's death, and said she was married with a son and a daughter. "She was a dedicated philanthropist and she was planning to set up a fashion school in Pakistan," Mr Hashmi said, adding that she had won several beauty contests.
The officer leading the investigation Yasir Afridi said Chaudhry's mother had contacted her for the last time on the evening of October 10, after which she received a text message saying her daughter had been kidnapped.
“She used to visit Pakistan often to see her mother and was staying at a private hotel in Islamabad where she came to buy real estate for her mother,” the officer said.
The Pakistan-born Ms Chaudhry had won various beauty pageants, including last year’s Mrs Asian International title while representing Pakistan. She was also the celebrity judge for Indian Princess Singapore 2013.
In an interview which was recorded and uploaded online three months ago, Ms Chaudhry described how she quit her bank job to become a model after being scouted. She said she has worked with local Singaporean designers and described them as being “very funky” and “very weird”.