Pakistani police say they are under 'tremendous pressure'August 19, 2023
Pakistani police say they are under ‘tremendous pressure’ to find family members of murdered ten-year-old Sara Sharif amid claims the British High Commission is threatening to ‘send their own investigators’
- Sara Sharif’s post-mortem tests could not determine the cause of death
- The little girl ‘had suffered multiple and extensive injuries’
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.’
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,fled the UK a day before the girl’s body was discovered at the family home in the Horsell area of Surrey
The father’s brother Faisal Malik, 28, pictured, also fled the UK
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.’
Police fear Beinash Batool, 29, pictured, joined the two men and travelled to Jhelum, in the Punjab region in North-West Pakistan
Separately, Sara’s mother, Polish woman Olga Sharif, 36, pictured left, who was married to Mr Sharif between 2009 to 2017, urged her ex-husband to ‘come forward and explain himself’
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.’
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