Sara Sharif’s Stepmother is ‘Willing to Cooperate’ with UK Authorities

In a video, Sara Sharif’s father and stepmother claim they are willing to cooperate with the UK authorities.

Sara Sharif's Stepmother is 'Willing to Cooperate' with UK Authorities f

"Sara's death was an incident."

Sara Sharif’s father and stepmother claim they are willing to cooperate with UK authorities in a video – their first public contact since her death.

The 10-year-old’s body was found at her home in Woking on August 10, 2023.

Surrey Police want to speak to her father Urfan Sharif, his partner Beinash Batool and his brother Faisal Malik in relation to a murder investigation.

They travelled to Pakistan on August 9 and police have been unable to locate them.

Mr Sharif and Ms Batool have now posted a video.

Throughout the video, Ms Batool accuses the Pakistan police of harassing her extended family, illegally detaining them and raiding their homes.

She also claims that the reason the family are in hiding is because they fear they will be tortured and killed by the police.

Reading from a notebook, Ms Batool says:

“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.

“All the media have been given wrong statements… Imran [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.

“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.

“Lastly, we are willing to cooperate with the UK authorities and fight our case in court.”

Meanwhile, Mr Sharif does not speak.

An inquest heard that Sara’s cause of death was “not yet ascertained” but was likely to be “unnatural”.

Post-mortem tests found Sara Sharif had sustained “multiple and extensive injuries”.

Her mother Olga Sharif said she hardly recognised Sara in the mortuary because of her injuries.

She said: “One of her cheeks was swollen and the other side was bruised.

“Even now, when I close my eyes I can see what my baby looked like.”

Responding to Ms Batool’s claims, Jhelum police chief Mehmood Bajwa said the harassment and torture allegations are false.

He said if the family had any fears, they could go to court to seek protection.

After Sara’s body was discovered, detectives launched an international manhunt.

Officers said Mr Sharif made a 999 call from Pakistan, leading them to find Sara’s body.

According to Pakistan police, the trio landed at Islamabad International Airport early on August 10 before travelling to Jhelum where they stayed for a few days, stopping for a few hours in the village of Domeli and leaving on August 13.

The three adults travelled with five children aged between one and 13 years old.

Police are still searching for their whereabouts.

Dhiren is a journalism graduate with a passion for gaming, watching films and sports. He also enjoys cooking from time to time. His motto is to “Live life one day at a time.”

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