Update in Sara Sharif probe as five kids who travelled from UK with 'murdered' girl's dad are taken into custody | The Sun

FIVE children who travelled from the UK to Pakistan with Sara Sharif's father have been taken into custody.

A judge ruled that the kids would be sent to a government childcare facility after being found at the home of Sara's grandfather Muhammad Sharif in a raid.

Yesterday, cops raided the house as they continued to hunt Urfan Sharif and his partner, Beinash Batool.

The pair fled the UK the day before schoolgirl Sara, 10,  was found dead at her home in Woking, Surrey, on August 10.

Urfan and Batool left Britain with five children aged between one and 13, and Surrey Police want to question them over Sara's tragic death.

Post-mortem tests found little Sara sustained "multiple and extensive injuries".

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The children, aged between one and 13, will now be taken into the care of the Child Protection and Welfare Bureau.

Today, the children were carried by family members, surrounded by armed police and local media, into court for around 40 minutes.

They were moved from court to court as authorities attempted to work out what should happen to them, reports BBC News.

The children were then ushered quickly into a waiting police car and taken on to another court.

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Here, the judge ruled they should be sent to a Pakistan government childcare facility temporarily, reports the BBC.

However, the judge did not state how long the kids may be kept in the government facility for.

Cops have raided at least 20 homes in Pakistan as the search ramps up for Urfan, Batool and Sara's uncle Faisal Malik.

Ten close relatives – including Muhammad – were previously taken into custody for questioning.

A video emerged last week of Sharif and Batool reading a statement together about the horror.

Batool said her family "are willing to cooperate with the UK authorities and fight our case in court" – but moaned about the conditions they are living under.

Batool also said her family have gone into hiding as "everyone is scared for their safety.

She said: "The kids are unable to attend school as they're afraid to leave the house. No one is leaving the house.

"The groceries have run out and there is no food for the kids as the adults are unable to leave their homes out of fear for safety."

It is the first time the pair have surfaced since they disappeared to Pakistan.

Sara's body was discovered after Sharif called 999 from Pakistan.

An inquest opened into Sara's death last week heard how medics are still unable to establish a cause of death.

But Woking Coroner's Court was told the youngster's death is likely to have been "unnatural".

A previous post-mortem revealed she suffered “multiple and extensive injuries which are likely to have been caused over a sustained and extended period of time”.

It is understood the dad fled capital Islamabad with Beinash and Faisal on August 9 – the day before Sara was found dead.


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Pakistan police previously said they found evidence the dad briefly returned to his family home in Jhelum.

But there is no extradition treaty between Pakistan and the UK, which would make it difficult to bring the suspects back for questioning.

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