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Dad and uncle of Sara Sharif arrested on suspicion of murdering schoolgirl


Dad and uncle of Sara Sharif arrested on suspicion of murdering schoolgirl


n Emirates flight believed to be carrying three members of Sara Sharif’s family, who are wanted in connection with her death, has landed at Gatwick Airport.

Sources said Urfan Sharif, the father of Sara, his partner Beinash Batool and brother Faisal Malik, were on the flight from Dubai, returning weeks after they left the UK for Pakistan.

Sara, 10, was found dead at her home in Woking after officers were called from Pakistan by her father, Urfan Sharif, at about 2.50am on August 10.

A post-mortem examination found she had suffered “multiple and extensive injuries” over a “sustained and extended” period of time.

Mr Sharif, stepmother Beinash Batool and uncle Faisal Malik have been the subject of an international manhunt.

The three had flown to Pakistan from the UK a day before her body was discovered.

Sara Sharif was found dead at her home in Woking on August 10

/ PA Media

PA Media reported on Wednesday afternoon that they were on a flight to the UK, citing sources. All three are said to have flown to Dubai on a plane from an airport at Sialkot, in Punjab province, on Wednesday morning, according to the BBC.

Police in Pakistan said the three travelled of their own free will, the broadcaster reported.

Surrey Police said on Tuesday that they were working to secure the safe return of Sara’s five siblings from Pakistan after a court ruled the children would be temporarily moved to a government childcare facility. All five children travelled with the three adults to Pakistan on August 9.

The force said it had been working with Surrey County Council and international authorities after the Pakistani court made the ruling.

It is unclear where the children will ultimately be sent or for how long they may be kept in the facility.

The group of children were found by police on Monday evening at the home of Sara’s grandfather, Muhammad Sharif, in the northeastern city of Jhelum.

Last week, Ms Batool spoke publicly for the first time since the little girl was found dead.

In a clip of the footage posted online by Sky, Ms Batool described Sara’s death as “an incident” and said she and her husband were willing to co-operate with UK authorities over the case.

Sara’s mother Olga Sharif gave an interview to the Polish television programme Uwaga! in which she spoke of the harrowing experience of going to view her daughter’s body.

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.”

Surrey Police have been approached for comment.

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