EXCLUSIVE: Sara Sharif’s siblings ‘are living on stale bread and being poorly treated by Pakistani authorities’ her grandfather claims – as the child’s father awaits murder trial in UK
- The siblings are housed at a facility run by Pakistan’s Child Protection Bureau
The siblings of Sara Sharif are being fed stale bread and are constantly crying and upset because authorities in Pakistan are not looking after them properly, their grandfather has told MailOnline.
Muhammad Sharif appeared in a court in the Pakistani city of Jhelum to try and get custody of Sara’s five siblings, who are aged between one and 13.
Last month, they were sent to a government childcare facility after being discovered by police at Mr Sharif’s home.
Sara’s father Urfan Sharif, 41, her stepmother Beinash Batool, 29, and Urfan’s brother, Faisal Malik, 28 have been charged with Sara’s murder.
The three adults left the UK for Pakistan on 9 August accompanied by the five children. The ten-year-old’s body was discovered a day later at the family home in Woking.
Muhammad Sharif appeared in a court in the Pakistani city of Jhelum to try and get custody of Sara’s five siblings, who are aged between one and 13
Sara Sharif, ten, was found dead at her family home in Woking, Surrey, on August 10
A post-mortem examination found she had sustained ‘multiple and extensive injuries.’
Speaking to MailOnline ahead of the custody hearing in Jhelum, their grandfather said: ‘The children belong to our family, and we should be looking after them.
‘I have been to visit them at the home where they are staying, and the conditions are not good while their health is deteriorating. They are being fed stale bread and are not being treated properly. It’s not right that they are not with us.
He added: ‘We can give them the love and the support that they need at this difficult time. The children are crying all the time and say that they want me to take them home.’
Mr Sharif told the court that two of the female children have special needs, while another suffers from severe asthma. The youngest is still being bottle fed.
He said: ‘I want to take my grandchildren to live with me in my home in Jhelum. Two of the girls need to be in a special school and require a lot of support while my eldest grandchild is a very good cricketer, and I would like to enrol him in one of the city’s best private schools.
‘The authorities in Pakistan do not have the resources or the time to look after these children.’
Sara’s father Urfan Sharif, 41, left the UK for Pakistan on 9 August accompanied by the five children. He has been charged with her murder after the ten-year-old’s body was discovered a day later at the family home in Woking
Beinash Batool (left), the stepmother of Sara Sharif, and Urfan’s brother, Faisal Malik (right), 28 have also been charged with her murder
The children are being housed at a facility run by Pakistan’s Child Protection Bureau based in Lahore, almost four hours away from where Mr Sharif lives.
Bureau official Shafi Ratyal denied Mr Sharif’s claims.
He said: ‘It’s simply not true. They are being looked after to the best of our ability and we have even provided them with a special diet because we know that some of them have medical issues and have taken into account all their care needs.
‘We have gone out of our way to make life as comfortable as possible for these children because we realise that they were born in the UK.’
A judge adjourned the case and ruled that the children should be presented in court for the next hearing when he will decide their fate.