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Jhelum police take custody of Sara Sharif’s five siblings
- Web Desk
- Sep 11, 2023
JHELUM: The Jhelum police have taken custody of five siblings of Sara Sharif, who was found dead at her home in Woking, UK, last month.
The children were taken into custody during an operation carried out at the ancestral home of their father, Irfan Sharif, in Lota Chawk, Jhelum.
The 10-year-old Sara Sharif’s father, Irfan Sharif, and her stepmother, Benish Batool, are suspected to have fled to Pakistan one day before Sara’s tragic discovery at her home in Woking last month.
According to the Jhelum police spokesperson, Mudasir Khan, during a raid at Irfan Sharif’s ancestral residence, his 12-year-old son Nauman, twin sisters Hana and Basma, aged two, four-year-old Ehsan, and one-and-a-half-year-old Azlan were taken into custody.
He further told Urdu News that efforts are ongoing to locate the parents of the children, Irfan Sharif and his wife Benish Batool, along with his one brother Faisal Malik.
Irfan Sharif, Benish Batool, and Faisal Malik arrived in Pakistan with the five children on August 10.
Following their arrival, Irfan Sharif informed British authorities about the death of Sarah Sharif.
Subsequently, Interpol had written to Pakistani authorities requesting assistance in locating the family.
However, the family had been in hiding since then, and the police had been conducting continuous raids to find them.
The police spokesperson mentioned that authorities were currently assessing whether the children should be handed over to the British High Commission or placed elsewhere.
Meanwhile, Muhammad Sharif, the father of Irfan Sharif, alleged, “During the police raid at our home, besides taking the children into custody, they also seized cash and jewelry.” He also claimed that the police had broken into their shop and house.
In response to a question, Muhammad Sharif stated that he had kept Irfan Sharif’s children with them because they were his grandchildren and felt it was safer for them.
According to their lawyer, Raja Haq Nawaz, it was possible that the children may be handed over to the British High Commission since they were British citizens.
In an earlier video shared with Sky News, Batool broke her silence and expressed her family’s willingness to cooperate with British authorities and engage in a legal process.
She vehemently denied media reports that Sharif’s brother, Imran, had stated Sara’s death resulted from a fall down the stairs and that the family had gone into hiding.