The stepmother of Sara Sharif, the 10-year-old lady discovered lifeless at her dwelling final month, has spoken for the primary time in a video shared with Sky Information and mentioned the household is prepared to co-operate with British authorities and “struggle our case in courtroom”.
Police want to speak to Sara’s father Urfan Sharif, 41, his accomplice Beinash Batool, 29, and his brother Faisal Shahzad Malik, 28, who’re all believed to have travelled from the UK to Pakistan the day earlier than the girl’s body was found at her dwelling in Woking, Surrey.
In a brand new video, Mr Sharif and Ms Batool are sitting side-by-side as she reads a ready assertion from a pocket book.
She refutes media studies that Mr Sharif’s brother Imran mentioned Sara fell down the steps and claims the household has “gone into hiding”.
“Firstly, I wish to discuss Sara. Sara’s loss of life was an incident. Our household in Pakistan are severely affected by all that is occurring,” Ms Batool mentioned.
She spoke in regards to the fear she has for the household’s security and claimed they’ve been misrepresented within the press.
“All of the media have been giving mistaken statements and making up lies.
“Imran [one of Mr Sharif’s brothers] didn’t give a statement that Sara fell down the steps and broke her neck. This was unfold by means of a Pakistani media outlet. I’m very frightened about Imran’s security.”
She claims they’re working out of meals and are unable to enterprise outdoors.
“All of our members of the family have gone into hiding as everyone seems to be scared for his or her security.
“The youngsters are unable to attend faculty as they’re afraid to go away the home. Nobody is leaving the home.
“The groceries have run out and there’s no meals for the youngsters because the adults are unable to go away their properties out of worry for security.”
Regardless of apparently leaving for Pakistan the day earlier than Sara’s physique was found, Ms Batool insists she, alongside together with her husband and brother-in-law need to assist resolve the scenario.
“Lastly, we’re prepared to cooperate with the UK authorities and struggle our case in courtroom.”
A autopsy examination final month revealed Sara had “suffered a number of and intensive accidents” that had been “more likely to have been prompted over a sustained and prolonged time period”.
Her explanation for loss of life has but to be decided – however an inquest has heard it is “likely to be unnatural”.
She was beforehand known to authorities, in line with Surrey County Council, whereas Surrey Police mentioned they’d “restricted and historic contact” with Sara’s household.
Police imagine the three travelled to Pakistan’s capital Islamabad with 5 kids aged between one and 13 on 9 August – at some point earlier than Sara’s physique was discovered.
Mr Sharif known as 999 from Pakistan on 10 August, expressing concern for her security, in line with officers.
Police in Pakistan have been making an attempt their “degree greatest” to find the household, whereas Interpol and different companies are additionally concerned within the hunt to seek out them.
Sara’s grandfather urged his son in latest days to “current himself” to police and provides his “perspective” following the lady’s loss of life.
Muhammad Sharif, 68, instructed Sky Information: “We attraction to the police to launch my members of the family.
“I’ve tried my greatest to contact Urfan and ask him to current himself and provides his perspective.”
Final week, a cousin of Ms Batool urged her to “come again to the UK” and hand herself in to the police.
Sky Information has contacted Surrey Police and officers in Pakistan for remark.