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Sara Sharif: Girl, 10, found dead at Woking home ‘fell down stairs and broke her neck’, uncle claims | World 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.

Urfan Sharif, 41, 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.

Urfan Sharif, left and Beinash Batool. Pic: AP
Urfan Sharif, left and Beinash Batool. Pic: AP

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”.

Sara Sharif: Father, stepmother and uncle identified in connection with murder of girl, 10 | UK News

Sara Sharif’s father, stepmother and uncle have been identified in connection with her murder investigation, Surrey Police have said.

An international manhunt is under way for Urfan Sharif, 41, Beinash Batool, 29, and Faisal Shahzad Malik, 28, as officers try to work out what happened to the 10-year-old.

Mr Sharif is believed to have travelled to Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, on 9 August with his partner Ms Batool, his brother Mr Malik, and five children aged between one and 13-years old.

A body, now formally identified as Sara’s following DNA testing, was found by police at a home in Woking a day later, at around 2.50pm.

The force said a post-mortem revealed that Sara “suffered multiple and extensive injuries”, which they said were “likely to have been caused over a sustained and extended period of time”.

However, the cause of Sara’s death is “still to be established”, and further tests were needed, a spokesperson said.

Sara Sharif
Sara Sharif

It is now known that Urfan Sharif called 999 from Islamabad on 10 August, expressing a concern for his eldest daughter’s safety – although exact details of the conversation are unknown.

Sky News has seen the passports and holding plane tickets for Mr Sharif, Ms Batool and Mr Malik.

Eight tickets in total were booked by Sara’s father.

These were for three adults and five children – and paid for by his brother Mr Malik at a cost of around £5,100, according to Nadeem Riaz, the travel agent that sold the tickets.

Plane ticket

Mr Riaz told Sky News he initially had a phone call with Mr Sharif, whose voice sounded “totally normal”.

“On 8 August at 10pm I received a call. Urfan said he wanted to book a ticket to Pakistan. He said his cousin passed away. I told him to send me passport pictures,” Mr Riaz said.

Mr Sharif sent these to Mr Riaz on WhatsApp, followed by a text that read: “As soon as possible.”

Mr Riaz told Sky News: “I asked him one way or return. He said ‘one way’.”

He added: “Whenever I look at my daughters… she is seven years old… and I feel very sad for Sara. I feel pain.”

Nadeem Riaz, the travel agent that sold the tickets to Pakistan, to Sara Sharif's father Urfan Sharif.
Nadeem Riaz said he spoke to Mr Sharif on the phone

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Police have been working with international authorities to locate the trio and are urging any witnesses – or anyone with information – to come forward.

There is no formal extradition treaty between the UK and Pakistan.

Surrey Police officers outside a property on Hammond Road in Woking, Surrey, where a 10-year-old girl was found dead after officers were called to the address on Thursday following a concern for safety. Picture date: Friday August 11, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Woking. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Surrey Police officers outside the property

Mr Sharif and Mr Malik both have Pakistani passports, and it is understood that Ms Batool and the five children have Pakistani NICOP cards – the National Identity Card for Oversees Pakistanis – which allows individuals to travel to Pakistan without visas.

Meanwhile, officers remain at the property in Hammond Road in Horsell, a village less than a mile north of Woking town centre.

Neighbours said a Pakistani family with six “very young” children had moved in in April.

Flowers have been left outside, with one message reading: “Sweet girl, I’m so sorry that your sparkle was put out too soon.”

Police are expected to remain at the property in the quiet Woking village of Horsell for “some weeks”.