Police in Pakistan have arrested an uncle of Sara Sharif because they suspect he knows where her father, stepmother and another uncle, all wanted over her murder, are hiding.
Urfan Sharif fled the UK with his partner Beinash Batool, brother Faisal Malik and his five children – a day before police discovered Sara’s body at the family home in Woking, Surrey.
The three adults are wanted for questioning over Sara’s murder, leading to an international manhunt.
Sara was found at the property on August 10 by police who received a call from someone concerned by her welfare.
An autopsy has not established a cause of death, but it did show Sara had suffered ‘multiple and extensive injuries, which are likely to have been caused over a sustained and extended period of time’, Surrey police said.
Police in Pakistan have arrested Imran Sharif (pictured), an uncle of Sara Sharif, because they suspect he knows where her father, stepmother and another uncle, all wanted over her murder, are hiding
Urfan Sharif (left) fled the UK with his partner Beinash Batool (centre), brother Faisal Malik (right). They are wanted for questioning over Sara’s murder
Sara (pictured) was found at the property on August 10 by police who received a call from someone concerned by her welfare
As detectives in Pakistan try to locate them, sources told MailOnline that they have detained another of Mr Sharif’s brothers, Imran, because they are ‘convinced’ that he knows where the family is hiding.
Sources also revealed that Mr Sharif’s parents along with other relatives, who live in a large house in the city of Jhelum in Pakistan’s Punjab province, have also now gone into hiding.
A police source said: ‘We spoke to Imran and some of the family members last week and they insisted that they did not know where Urfan and his family are. But we don’t believe them, there’s absolutely no way that they can’t know where eight of their relatives who have come from England are. They are telling us a pack of lies.’
The source revealed that the family home in Jhelum is locked and now empty and a shop they run which adjoins their home is also locked up.
They added: ‘We managed to get hold of Imran, but the rest of his family have gone missing. They clearly have something to hide. We have got hold of one of them and will be interrogating him until he tells us the truth.’
Last week, Imran exclusively told MailOnline that Mr Sharif visited the family home after arriving in Pakistan on August 9, but came alone and that they had not seen him since.
He said: ‘After reaching Pakistan he came to us and instantly disappeared. He did not bring his family to our home. Some people say he is hiding somewhere in Jhelum in a rented house, but others said he may be gone to Mirpur where his in laws are living.’
He added: ‘Police has raided our home twice during the last week and took pictures of Urfan and other family members. We have been warned to inform police immediately soon after receiving his whereabouts.’
Urfan Sharif (left) and Beinash Batool (right) are wanted for murder, leading to an international manhunt
Police hold a crime scene and investigate at the home of Sara Sharif in Woking on Thursday
Imran is being questioned by police in Jhelum and officers from Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency.
Sources also told MailOnline that they have been unable to find a precise location for Ms Batool’s parents who live in the city of Mirpur, which is around two hours away from Jhelum. Imran initially claimed that Mr Sharif’s family had gone there.
The source added: ‘We have the mobile phone numbers for Sharif and the other people with him who came from the UK. We are doing our utmost to trace them electronically but it’s not proving to be very easy.’
Surrey Police revealed that Sara’s body was discovered on August 10 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’.
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 Olga praised her daughter as ‘an amazing child,’ adding: ‘She was so beautiful. I can’t believe she’s dead.’
Olga hopes to bury her child back in her native Poland.
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