The horrendous murder of ten-year-old Sara Sharif

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Police in Pakistan have said they are under 'tremendous pressure' from the British High Commission to find missing family members of murdered ten-year-old Sara Sharif.

Sara's father, Malik Urfan Sharif, 41, his partner Beinash Batool, 29, and Urfan's brother, Faisal Malik, 28, fled the UK a daybefore the girl's body was discovered at the family home in the Horsell area of Surrey.

All three are now wanted for questioning over Sara's murder.

Last week, Surrey Police revealed that Sara's body was discovered on August 10th after Mr Sharif called them from Pakistan, which led police to search the £500,000 family council house.

Although post-mortem tests could not determine the cause of death, the results revealed bruises on her body which showed the little girl 'had suffered multiple and extensive injuries, which are likely to have been caused over a sustained and extended period of time.'

Mr Sharif, a local taxi driver in Surrey, originally comes from Jhelum, in the Punjab region in North-West Pakistan, where police fear he has returned with his partner and brother.

Last week, Imran Sharif, one of Mr Sharif's brothers in Jhelum, revealed that his fugitive brother did visit the family home once on his own since returning to Pakistan, but left shortly afterwards. He denied knowing his suspect brother's whereabouts.

Last night, Malik Imran, the investigating officer at Jhelum's Saddar Police station, which is coordinating the investigation, said: 'We are facing tremendous pressure from the authorities to find the location of Urfan Sharif.

'The British High Commission in Islamabad is pressuring us to find [Urfan Sharif] immediately, or they will send their own investigators.'

He added: 'We have been told to find out his location. But, how can we find the location as we believe he is not carrying any gadgets [mobile phones] through which we could locate him.'

Separately, Sara's mother, Polish woman Olga Sharif, 36, who was married to Mr Sharif between 2009 to 2017, urged her ex-husband to 'come forward and explain himself.'

Olga, who lives in Somerset, praised British police for doing a good job in trying to track him down.

She said: 'The police are doing a good job finding him.'

Heartbroken Ms Sharif praised her daughter as 'an amazing child,' adding: 'She was so beautiful. I can't believe she's dead.'

Ms Sharif hopes to bury her child back in her native Poland.

Detective Superintendent Mark Chapman, from the Surrey Police and Sussex Police Major Crime Team, said: 'We now know that Sara had suffered multiple and extensive injuries over a sustained and extended period which has significantly changed the nature of our investigation, and we have widened the timescale of the focus of our enquiry.

'As a result, we are trying to piece together a picture of Sara's lifestyle but we cannot do this without the public's help.

'That is why we are appealing for anyone who knew Sara, had any form of contact with her, or has any other information about her, no matter how insignificant it might seem, to come forward as soon as possible.'

 
British and Pakistani police need to work together. This evil man will be caught and handed over to police authorities

British Police needs to hand over some crooks loitering around at Avonsfield with nothing better to do with their lives as well.
 
It would be better if we just keep on the topic and post our point of view, instead of trying to hurt or provoke anger someone.
 
Pakistani police should learn from this and ask themselves why British police are applying tremendous pressure to find a British suspect in Pakistan. If Pakistani police applied the same pressure to themselves to find Pakistani suspects of similar crimes, the nation would be a step closer to becoming a better place to live.
 
It's not easy. I have known of cases where a murderer from the UK has run away and not be found in the backwaters of Punjab. Hopefully justice is done and they are caught but its unlikely
 
Last week, Imran Sharif, one of Mr Sharif's brothers in Jhelum, revealed that his fugitive brother did visit the family home once on his own since returning to Pakistan, but left shortly afterwards. He denied knowing his suspect brother's whereabouts.
Oh yes, I'm sure his brother doesn't know where he is!

Hope they find this guy and he gets his deserved punishment.
 
Pakistan police arrest Sara Sharif's uncle on suspicion he knows where the murdered girl's family are hiding since fleeing Britain.

Police in Pakistan have arrested an uncle of Sara Sharif because they suspect he knows where her father, stepmother and another uncle, all wanted over her murder, are hiding.

Urfan Sharif fled the UK with his partner Beinash Batool, brother Faisal Malik and his five children - a day before police discovered Sara's body at the family home in Woking, Surrey.

The three adults are wanted for questioning over Sara's murder, leading to an international manhunt.

Sara was found at the property on August 10 by police who received a call from someone concerned by her welfare.

An autopsy has not established a cause of death, but it did show Sara had suffered 'multiple and extensive injuries, which are likely to have been caused over a sustained and extended period of time', Surrey police said.


Daily Mail
 
Sara Sharif: Girl, 10, found dead at Woking home 'fell down stairs and broke her neck', uncle claims

Sara's uncle, Imran Sharif, is currently held in police custody for questioning, Jhelum police have exclusively told Sky News.

The brother of a man wanted over the death of his 10-year-old daughter told officers Sara Sharif "fell down the stairs and broke her neck", according to police in Pakistan.

Sara's uncle, Imran Sharif, is currently held in police custody for questioning, Jhelum police have exclusively told Sky News.

He has not been charged and is not under arrest, they said.

However, Mr Sharif is assisting police in finding his brother Urfan, who he claims he hasn't seen.

Sara Sharif' was discovered at her home in Woking, Surrey, after police were called from Pakistan by her father on 10 August.

The 41-year-old man, his partner Beinash Batool, 29, and his 28-year-old brother Faisal Malik are thought to have travelled from the UK to Islamabad the day before - and are wanted for questioning.

Sara's exact cause of death remains unknown.

However, Surrey Police said a post-mortem revealed Sara "suffered multiple and extensive injuries", which they said were "likely to have been caused over a sustained and extended period of time".

Surrey County Council have also said Sara was previously known to authorities.

Pakistani police are seeking to arrest Urfan Sharif, who travelled to the country with Beinash Batool and Faisal Malik as well as five children ranging from one to 13 years old.

It is believed Urfan briefly returned to his family home in Jhelum, Punjab - about 84 miles (134km) away from the capital.

Imran Sharif denied knowing where Urfan and his family were, Jhelum police said.

He told police: "I found out what happened to Sara through the international media.

"My parents told me Urfan briefly came home very upset. He kept saying 'they' are going to take his children away from him."

"They", an officer said, referred to British authorities.

According to Jhelum police, Imran Sharif claims the family line is that Sara had an accident at home.

He is alleged to have told officers: "Beinash was home with the children. Sara fell down the stairs and broke her neck. Beinash panicked and phoned Urfan."

Beinash Batool's family home in Mirpur was searched, but the family of eight was nowhere to be seen, Jhelum police told Sky News.

They added that Urfan's parents are distressed, and that his father's "heart condition" is worsening from "stress".
 
I'm sure the local police will have ways to make the uncle talk.

Old fashioned method incoming.
 
Sara Sharif death: Girl seen with injuries at school - neighbour

A 10-year-old girl was seen in school with cuts and bruises to her face months before she was found dead at her home, a neighbour has said.

The woman learned about the injuries to Sara Sharif from her own daughter, who was one of the girl's classmates.

Sara's father, his brother and his partner flew to Pakistan before Sara was found in Woking, Surrey, on 10 August.

Post-mortem tests found Sara sustained "multiple and extensive injuries".

The former neighbour, who asked only to be identified as Jessica, told the BBC Sara had been a happy and confident child who always skipped to school.

But after Sara was found dead, Jessica's daughter told her mother that in April Sara had gone to St Mary's primary school in Byfleet with clearly visible injuries.

"Just before the Easter holidays she was in school and had cuts and bruises on her face and her neck," Jessica said.

"My daughter had asked what had happened and she said she'd fallen off a bike and then kind of walked away.

"The next day the teacher announced she had left school and she was being home-schooled."

She said it was about that time that the Sharif family moved to Woking, about a 20-minute drive away.

Jessica said she never saw Sara at the school again and neighbours in Woking also said they did not see the child go to school.
 
Sara Sharif death: Girl seen with injuries at school - neighbour

A 10-year-old girl was seen in school with cuts and bruises to her face months before she was found dead at her home, a neighbour has said.

The woman learned about the injuries to Sara Sharif from her own daughter, who was one of the girl's classmates.

Sara's father, his brother and his partner flew to Pakistan before Sara was found in Woking, Surrey, on 10 August.

Post-mortem tests found Sara sustained "multiple and extensive injuries".

The former neighbour, who asked only to be identified as Jessica, told the BBC Sara had been a happy and confident child who always skipped to school.

But after Sara was found dead, Jessica's daughter told her mother that in April Sara had gone to St Mary's primary school in Byfleet with clearly visible injuries.

"Just before the Easter holidays she was in school and had cuts and bruises on her face and her neck," Jessica said.

"My daughter had asked what had happened and she said she'd fallen off a bike and then kind of walked away.

"The next day the teacher announced she had left school and she was being home-schooled."

She said it was about that time that the Sharif family moved to Woking, about a 20-minute drive away.

Jessica said she never saw Sara at the school again and neighbours in Woking also said they did not see the child go to school.
Why did the school never report the injuries to authorities? Not sure about the system in UK, but here in US schools are obligatory reporters for any suspicious injury to CPS or Police.

Poor kid could have been saved. Heartbreaking, she was a beautiful child
 
With Pakistan police involved, this has all the hallmarks of a botch-up and the suspect running off for good.
 
Murder in UK: Jhelum police vow to arrest Sara Sharif's father by 'tomorrow night'

Pakistan police on Sunday said that they will arrest Sara Sharif's father — who is on a run after his 10-year-old daughter was found dead at home in the UK — by tomorrow night, The Daily Mirror reported.

The police are tracking a mobile phone SIM card that belongs to Urfan and is being "actively used".

"With God’s will we will make the arrest by tomorrow night," Jhelum police chief Nasir Bajwa said.

The police have so far questioned Urfan's father, brother and uncle.

Rawalpindi's senior police officer Khurram Ali — who is currently leading the search — told the Mail on Sunday: "We have traced a mobile phone SIM card which is registered under the name of Urfan Sharif and is being actively used by someone in Jhelum."


The News
 
The grandfather of a 10-year-old girl found dead at home in Woking has urged his fugitive son to hand himself in.

The body of Sara Sharif was found at a property on Hammond Road after her father called police from Pakistan on 10 August.

Speaking to the Sunday Times, Muhammad Sharif urged his son Urfan, 41, his son’s partner, Beinash Batool, 29, and Urfan’s brother Faisal Malik, 28, to hand themselves in to police.

The trio are thought to have travelled to Islamabad on 9 August and are wanted for questioning. They travelled with five children aged between one and 13, police said.

Muhammad Sharif, 68, said his son had briefly visited the family home in the city of Jhelum, Punjab province, this month before he disappeared again.

Guardian
 
Sara Sharif's father, step mum and uncle 'one step ahead' of Pakistan police.

Three suspects wanted in connection with the death of a 10-year-old girl are using media reports to avoid being found, police in Pakistan have said.

They flew on one-way tickets, and police discovered her body after Mr Sharif called police from Pakistan’s capital city, Islamabad.

The local council said Sara was known to social services, and she had reportedly been seen with cuts and bruises months before her death.

Pakistan police have now said the trio are ‘one step ahead’ of them, the Telegraph reports.

 
Pakistan police said they are widening the search for the family of a 10-year-old girl found dead at her Surrey home.

Detectives launched an international manhunt after Sara Sharif's body was discovered by police at an address in Hammond Road, Woking, on 10 August.

Her father Urfan, his partner and his brother, had travelled to Pakistan the previous day.

An inquest into Sara's death is due to open at Woking Coroner's Court on Tuesday.

Pakistan police told the BBC they had expanded the search to two more areas around the city of Jhelum - taking the total to four areas, having received new information from multiple sources.

BBC
 
Police have widened the search for Sara Sharif’s dad in Pakistan following a tip off.

An international manhunt is underway for Urfan, his partner Beinash Batool, and Sara’s uncle Faisal Malik.

The search has been expanded to two more areas around the city of Jhelum where they believe Urfan may be hiding near, according to the BBC.

It takes the total to four areas after police received new tip offs from multiple sources.

An inquest held into her death opened at Surrey Coroner’s Court today, said the precise cause of Sara’s death is ‘not yet ascertained’ but is likely to be ‘unnatural’.

A previous post-mortem revealed she suffered ‘multiple and extensive injuries which are likely to have been caused over a sustained and extended period of time’.

Investigators from the National Crime Agency and Interpol have been working in unison with one another to track Urfan down.

The day before Sara was found dead, it is understood Urfan fled Islamabad with Beinash and Faisal.

It is understood Urfan briefly returned to his family home in Jhelum, according to Pakistan’s police.

Sara’s mum said: ‘Urfan’s days on the run are numbered.

‘Until he is arrested I can’t have any sense of closure or security over what happened to my daughter.

‘They are going to catch up with them soon.’

Sara’s uncle claimed the little girl died by falling down the stairs, claims Sara’s mum has denied.

Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with Sara’s death.

 
Police in Pakistan say they did not receive a request to search for the family of Sara Sharif until five days after her body was found in the UK.

They say the request was via Interpol. Surrey police have not said when they asked Interpol for the search to start.

According to new details the BBC has been told about the Pakistan investigation, police now believe they were staying with family in Pakistan until early on 13 August. After this date, the police say they don't know where they went in the country.


BBC
 
Sara Sharif: Fugitive stepmother of girl who was found dead in Woking urged to hand herself in by relative.

A relative of Sara Sharif's stepmother has urged her to return to the UK and hand herself in to the police.

Police want to speak to Sara's father Urfan Sharif along with his partner Beinash Batool and his brother Faisal Shahzad Malik.

All three are believed to have travelled from the UK to Pakistan the day before Sara's body was discovered.

A cousin of Ms Batool has now urged her to "come back to the UK" and hand herself in to the police.

It is the first time anyone from Ms Batool's family has spoken to the media.

Speaking to Sky News, the relative, who asked not to be named, said: "Beinash should come back to the UK.

"I don't know where she is. But I'm worried about her. I'm worried about her kids.

"She should come back to the UK, go to the police and tell them exactly what happened."

She added: "I don't know - my family don't know - what happened. It could have been an accident; a misunderstanding."

Ms Batool's cousin - who is originally from the city of Gujrat in Pakistan - said Ms Batool was estranged from her parents, having eloped to marry Mr Sharif.

"The relationship [with her family] is finished," the relative added.

"She married secretly, and her father said, 'she is not my daughter'.

"She hasn't spoken to her parents since."

 
Sara Sharif's taxi driver father 'asked local businessman for tickets for one-way flight to Pakistan just HOURS before calling Surrey police from abroad telling them ten-year-old girl was.

The father of 10-year-old Sara Sharif, who was found dead at home in Woking after her whole family fled to Pakistan, contacted a friend who owned a money transfer shop to get eight last-minute plane tickets before they left the country.

Taxi driver Urfan Sharif, 41, told Nadeem Riaz on August 8 he urgently needed the one way tickets due to the death of a cousin and needed to fly out to Islamabad as soon as possible.

Sara was left behind. She was already dead.

After arriving in Pakistan Sharif phoned 999 and informed police they would find the body of his oldest daughter at their address in Horsell. She was discovered with 'multiple and extensive' injuries which are believed to have occurred over a 'sustained and extended' period of time.

 
Pak police can't find locals who do such things let alone an entire family that flee the UK after killing the child.

Such is that guy that he even called the Met from Islamabad that the girl has died.
 
This is getting embarrassing now for the Pak police.

About time they found this lot!
 
What kind of monsters murder their own child? If true, they should be made an example out of.
 
Pak police can't find locals who do such things let alone an entire family that flee the UK after killing the child.

Such is that guy that he even called the Met from Islamabad that the girl has died.

Pak police wouldn't bother to find locals who do such things, the only reason they are bothering with this case is because the British authorities have given them the order.
 
Pak police wouldn't bother to find locals who do such things, the only reason they are bothering with this case is because the British authorities have given them the order.

Spot on. Pak police like all other institutions wont get up on their backsides unless you hand them some rupees under the table.

However when their masters in forces and government orders them, they are happy to beat, arrest and torture women, children and elderly.
 
Sara Sharif's family being 'harassed' by police, says grandfather.

Muhammad Sharif's son Urfan is being pursued by police after he is believed to have travelled to Pakistan the day before his daughter's body was discovered at her home in Woking.

The grandfather of Sara Sharif has urged his son to "present himself" to police and give his "point of view" following the 10-year-old girl's death.

Muhammad Sharif also said his family is being "harassed" by police who have taken his family members into custody.

Police want to speak to Muhammad Sharif's son Urfan Sharif, as well as his partner Beinash Batool and his brother Faisal Shahzad Malik, after Sara was found dead at her home in Woking, Surrey, on 10 August.

Officers believe Urfan Sharif, 41, along with Ms Batool, 29, Mr Malik, 28, and five children aged between one and 13, travelled to Pakistan's capital Islamabad the day before Sara's body was discovered.

Muhammad Sharif, 68, told Sky News: "We appeal to the police to release my family members.

"I have tried my best to contact Urfan and ask him to present himself and give his point of view."

Muhammad Sharif had earlier told The Sunday Times his son had briefly visited the family home in Jhelum, Punjab province, in August.

A post-mortem last month revealed Sara had "suffered multiple and extensive injuries" that were "likely to have been caused over a sustained and extended period of time".

Her cause of death has yet to be determined - but an inquest has heard it is "likely to be unnatural".

She was previously known to authorities, according to Surrey County Council, while Surrey Police said they had "limited and historic contact" with Sara's family.

 
Sara Sharif’s stepmum and dad have released a strange video in what is their first public statement since the young girl’s death.

In a video shared with Sky News this morning Beinash Batool, 29, read a statement from a notebook while Urfan Sharif, 41, remained silent.

She showed no emotion as she declared Sara’s death ‘an incident’ and that she and Mr Sharif are willing to cooperate with UK authorities.

‘Firstly I would like to talk about Sara. Sara’s death was an incident. Our family in Pakistan is severely affected by all that is going on,’ she said.

‘All the media have been given wrong statements and making up lies [one of Mr Sharif’s brothers] did not give a statement that Sara fell down the stairs and broke her neck. This was spread through a Pakistani media outlet. I am very worried about Imran’s safety.

‘All of our family members have gone into hiding as everyone is scared for their safety. The kids are unable to attend school as they are afraid to leave the house. No one is leaving the house.

‘The groceries have run out and there is no food for the kids as the adults are unable to leave their homes out of fear of safety. That is why we have gone into hiding.

Sara Sharif’s mum has also described the grief after having to identify her daughter’s swollen, bruised body in the mortuary.

She previously urged Mr Sharif and Ms Batool to come forward, and said ‘life will never be the same’ after the death of Sara.

She has also slammed claims from Mr Sharif’s brother, Imran, that her daughter fell down the stairs and broke her neck, saying: ’If there was an accident you don’t leave the country in secret.’

 
Sara Sharif's grandmother reveals harrowing details of 10-year-old's injuries

Sara Sharif’s grandmother has told of the harrowing moment she saw her badly disfigured granddaughter in a morgue and couldn’t recognise her.

The exact nature of Sara’s injuries have not been fully disclosed, though Sara’s mum, Olga, described severe bruising and swelling on her daughter’s face when she went to identify her.

Speaking to Polish broadcaster TVN on Wednesday, Sara’s grandmother, Sylwia Kurz, said: ‘It wasn’t Sara [anymore], she was entirely changed and bruised.

‘If someone hadn’t told me it was Sara, I would have never believed it.’
 
Sara Sharif: Pakistan court moves siblings to government childcare facility

A judge in Pakistan has ruled Sara Sharif's siblings, who travelled from the UK with her father, should be sent to a government childcare facility.

The five children were found at the home of their grandfather in Jhelum, north-eastern Pakistan.

On Tuesday, a court ruled Sara's five siblings should be sent to a Pakistan government childcare facility temporarily.

The ruling did not state how long the children may be kept in the government facility for. It also does not determine where the children will ultimately be sent.


BBC
 
Father and step mother on the plane back to the UK. I hope justice is done and we get to the truth about this horrific crime. What is also interesting is how much little power the PK state has. Afterall NS has been on the run in the UK for 4 years and the British govt looked after him like a mafia leader. There was no UK police case to send him back
 
Father and step mother on the plane back to the UK. I hope justice is done and we get to the truth about this horrific crime. What is also interesting is how much little power the PK state has. Afterall NS has been on the run in the UK for 4 years and the British govt looked after him like a mafia leader. There was no UK police case to send him back

Yeah, good point. Might is right, I suppose. It reminds me a bit of that scene from Games of Thones
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The father, stepmother and uncle of Sara Sharif, 10, have been arrested on suspicion of murder after returning to the UK from Pakistan.

The trio were arrested at Gatwick Airport at around 19:45 BST after disembarking a flight from Dubai, Surrey Police said.

They are in custody and will be interviewed in due course, police said.

Sara's body was found at the home she shared with the three adults in Woking on 10 August.

The three adults left the UK for Pakistan the day before police found Sara's body.

A post-mortem examination found she had sustained multiple and extensive injuries.

Sara's mother has been informed of the latest development, police said.

BBC
 
Trio appears in UK court flanked by police officer.

The court hearing came after the three were arrested on Wednesday after disembarking a flight from Dubai after spending a month in the south Asian country.

The three appeared in the dock at a magistrates' court in Guildford, southern England, flanked by police officers.They spoke only to confirm their names, dates of birth and addresses.

All three have also been charged with causing or allowing the death of a child, Surrey Police said earlier in a statement. No pleas to any of the charges were entered during the short hearing.

Deputy Chief Magistrate Tan Ikram remanded the defendants in custody. Their next court appearance will be at London's Old Bailey on Tuesday.


Tribune
 
Sara Sharif's father will face trial for her murder next year after a court heard the 10-year-old suffered a "constellation" of injuries culminating in her death.

Urfan Sharif allegedly fled the UK to Pakistan with Sara's stepmother Beinash Batool and his brother Faisal Malik the day before her body was found in Woking, Surrey, on 10 August.

They are alleged to have travelled with five children who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Sharif, 41, Batool, 29, and Malik, 28, appeared at the Old Bailey in London today following their return from Pakistan on Wednesday 13 September.

They were arrested at Gatwick Airport.

All three are charged with murdering Sara and causing or allowing the death of a child.

A six-week trial at the Old Bailey was provisionally set to start on 2 September 2024.

Judge Mark Lucraft KC, the Recorder of London, said a plea hearing will take place on 1 December this year.

Mr Bedloe alleged: "It follows Sara had been subjected to multiple events of violence over a sustained period of time that must have culminated in her death."

He added: "There is quite a significant amount of post-mortem work ongoing and that will continue."

Sharif, Batool and Malik appeared at the Old Bailey by video-link from Belmarsh high-security jail in south London and Bronzefield women's prison in Surrey today.

They spoke only to confirm their identities and dates of birth before a timetable was set for their case.

Judge Lucraft said a decision will be made later on whether the trial should be heard by a High Court judge.

The defendants were all remanded into custody until their next hearing.


 
Gets worse and worse.

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From SKY:

Fresh images have been released of Sara Sharif as police continue their appeal for information following her death.

The 10-year-old's body was found at the family home in Woking on 10 August.

The photos show Sara in the way investigators believe she may have been dressed in the months before she died.

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Looked like an angel. May Allah bless her soul.

What kind of father would murder his 10 year old child? These animals should be publicly executed.
 
Looked like an angel. May Allah bless her soul.

What kind of father would murder his 10 year old child? These animals should be publicly executed.
Not only murder, but a sequence of physical abuse over a period of time on this poor girl. No matter how many times I see something horrific like this in the news I can never quite believe that people like this exist living in the same society as me.
 
Not only murder, but a sequence of physical abuse over a period of time on this poor girl. No matter how many times I see something horrific like this in the news I can never quite believe that people like this exist living in the same society as me.
It's one reason i believe in harsh punishments for such filth. Once they get dealt with and made example of, others will think twice before planning to do something heinous like this.
 

EXCLUSIVE: Sara Sharif's siblings 'are living on stale bread and being poorly treated by Pakistani authorities' her grandfather claims - as the child's father awaits murder trial in UK​


The siblings of Sara Sharif are being fed stale bread and are constantly crying and upset because authorities in Pakistan are not looking after them properly, their grandfather has told MailOnline.

Muhammad Sharif appeared in a court in the Pakistani city of Jhelum to try and get custody of Sara's five siblings, who are aged between one and 13.

Last month, they were sent to a government childcare facility after being discovered by police at Mr Sharif's home.

Sara's father Urfan Sharif, 41, her stepmother Beinash Batool, 29, and Urfan's brother, Faisal Malik, 28 have been charged with Sara's murder.

The three adults left the UK for Pakistan on 9 August accompanied by the five children. The ten-year-old's body was discovered a day later at the family home in Woking.

A post-mortem examination found she had sustained 'multiple and extensive injuries.'

Speaking to MailOnline ahead of the custody hearing in Jhelum, their grandfather said: 'The children belong to our family, and we should be looking after them.

'I have been to visit them at the home where they are staying, and the conditions are not good while their health is deteriorating. They are being fed stale bread and are not being treated properly. It's not right that they are not with us.

He added: 'We can give them the love and the support that they need at this difficult time. The children are crying all the time and say that they want me to take them home.'

Mr Sharif told the court that two of the female children have special needs, while another suffers from severe asthma. The youngest is still being bottle fed.

He said: 'I want to take my grandchildren to live with me in my home in Jhelum. Two of the girls need to be in a special school and require a lot of support while my eldest grandchild is a very good cricketer, and I would like to enrol him in one of the city's best private schools.

'The authorities in Pakistan do not have the resources or the time to look after these children.'

The children are being housed at a facility run by Pakistan's Child Protection Bureau based in Lahore, almost four hours away from where Mr Sharif lives.

Bureau official Shafi Ratyal denied Mr Sharif's claims.

He said: 'It's simply not true. They are being looked after to the best of our ability and we have even provided them with a special diet because we know that some of them have medical issues and have taken into account all their care needs.

'We have gone out of our way to make life as comfortable as possible for these children because we realise that they were born in the UK.'

A judge adjourned the case and ruled that the children should be presented in court for the next hearing when he will decide their fate.

 
Sara Sharif murder case: Family members deny murder of 10-year-old girl in England

The father of a British-Pakistani 10-year-old girl whose death sparked an international manhunt pleaded not guilty to her murder in a UK court on Thursday, together with two other family members.

Sara Sharif’s body was discovered at her home in Woking, southern England, on August 10.

A post-mortem examination found she had sustained “multiple and extensive injuries” over a long period.

Her father 41-year-old Urfan Sharif, her step-mother Beinash Batool, 29, and his brother Faisal Malik, 28, deny killing the girl.

They entered their pleas via video link to London’s Old Bailey court.

According to the BBC Urfan and Faisal appeared by video link from Belmarsh Prison, while Beinash appeared by video link from Bronzefield Prison.

Sara’s body was found after an emergency call alerting officers was made from Pakistan by a man identifying himself as the father, according to detectives.

The house was otherwise empty, and the manhunt continued with Interpol and Britain’s foreign ministry coordinating with authorities in Pakistan.

The day before Sara’s body was found the three defendants had left the UK for Pakistan with Sharif’s five other children.

They were arrested in September after disembarking from a flight from Dubai.

The trial is expected to start in September 2024 and it is expected to last six weeks.



 
Sara Sharif: Murder trial expected in October


The trial of a father, stepmother and uncle charged with murdering a 10-year-old girl is expected to begin in October.

Urfan Sharif, 42, Beinash Batool, 29, and Urfan's brother, Faisal Malik, 28, are accused of killing Sara Sharif, who was found dead at her home in Woking, Surrey, on 10 August.

All three have pleaded not guilty.

A hearing at the Old Bailey on Friday heard the trial will be heard by High Court judge Mr Justice Cavanagh.

The three defendants, who lived with Sara before her death, attended the hearing by video link.

They are also charged with causing or allowing the death of a child, which they all deny.

Judge Mark Lucraft directed the defendants should next appear for a hearing in February, at which the trial date would be finalised.

The trial, which had previously been listed for September, is expected to last for six weeks.



 
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