‘I can see what my baby looked like’: Sara Sharif’s mother reveals her distress at having to identify the body of her 10-year-old daughter in the morgue and says she hardly recognized her because she was ‘bruised and swollen’ .

The mother of 10-year-old Sara Sharif has expressed how heartbreaking it was to have to identify her daughter’s body at the morgue, saying she hardly recognized her because she was “bruised and swollen”.

Sara’s body was found at a property in Woking, Surrey, after her father called police from Pakistan on August 10.

A post-mortem later found she had suffered “multiple and extensive injuries” over a “sustained and prolonged” period.

She was living with her father, Urfan Sharif, and his partner, Beinash Batool, when she died.

Speech on Polish TV show Uwaga! On TVN, Olga Sharif said: “One of her cheeks was swollen and the other side was injured.”

Olga Sharif says she hardly recognized her daughter Sara because of her injuries in the morgue

Olga Sharif says she hardly recognized her daughter Sara because of her injuries in the morgue

Sara's body was found at a property in Woking, Surrey, after her father called police from Pakistan on August 10

Sara’s body was found at a property in Woking, Surrey, after her father called police from Pakistan on August 10

“Even now, when I close my eyes, I can see what my baby looked like.”

Mr Sharif, 41, Ms Batool, 29, and his brother Faisal Malik, 28, are believed to have traveled to Islamabad on August 9 and are wanted by police for questioning.

They were traveling with five children, aged between one and 13, Surrey Police said.

Sara’s grandfather previously told the BBC her death was an “accident” and three family members who left the UK for Pakistan would “eventually” return to face police questioning.

Muhammad Sharif said he saw his son Urfan Sharif, Sara’s father, shortly after he arrived in the city of Jhelum in the South Asian country and said he had fled Britain out of “fear”.

Surrey Police are asking for information to help them get an idea of ​​Sara’s lifestyle before her death.

Surrey County Council had previously said Sara was known to local authorities.

Authorities in Pakistan are looking for the trio and lawyers in the UK said the country’s government is unlikely to block an extradition request linked to Sara’s death.

There is no formal extradition deal between the UK and Pakistan, but people have already been turned back from the Asian country.

It comes as Sara’s grandfather said this week his son, the girl’s father, had told him the death was an “accident” and that he had left the UK out of fear.

Speech on Polish TV show Uwaga! On the TVN channel, Olga Sharif said:

Speech on Polish TV show Uwaga! On the TVN channel, Olga Sharif said: “Even now, when I close my eyes, I can see what my baby looked like.”

Sara was living with her father Urfan Sharif (pictured) and his partner Beinash Batool when she died

Sara was living with her father Urfan Sharif (pictured) and his partner Beinash Batool when she died

Muhammad Sharif told BBC News: “His daughter has died and when you’re going through so much trauma you obviously can’t think properly.”

He said he saw Urfan after arriving in Pakistan, adding: “It was an accident, he didn’t tell me how it happened.”

“All I can say is that they should have faced the case, they should have stayed there and faced the case, rather than (coming to Pakistan) ‘They will ultimately go back to the UK and face their case.'”

It also emerged over the weekend that Urfan contacted a friend who owned a money transfer shop to get eight last-minute plane tickets before he and his family left the country.

The 41-year-old told Nadeem Riaz on August 8 that he urgently needed the one-way tickets due to the death of a cousin and wanted to fly to Islamabad as soon as possible.

The next day, Sharif, his partner Beinash Batool, 29, and brother Faisal Malik, 28, left the UK with the couple’s five children, aged between one and 13, on a British Airways flight.

Sarah stayed behind. She was already dead.

Upon arriving in Pakistan, Sharif called 999 and informed police that they would find his eldest daughter’s body at her address in Horsell.

She was found to have “multiple and extensive” injuries that were believed to have occurred over a “sustained and prolonged” period of time.

Colorful tributes will be left outside the home of Sara Sharif, where her body was found at home on August 10

Colorful tributes are left outside the home of Sara Sharif, where her body was found at home on August 10

Police outside Sara Sharif's home where her body was found at home on August 10

Police outside Sara Sharif’s home where her body was found at home on August 10

Mr Riaz told the Times he has often done business with Sharif, who frequently wire money to one of his brothers, Imran, in Pakistan.

His business doubled as a travel agency, and after the death of Sharif’s mother last November, he had already arranged flights for the family.

He said: ‘[Sharif] sounded normal. No different than usual.’

After the call, Mr Riaz sent a message to Sharif asking him what type of tickets he wanted. Sharif reportedly replied: “In one direction.”

The shopkeeper, who has known Sharif for 11 years, is said to be helping the police investigate Sara’s death.

He told the newspaper, “For the first few days after it happened, every time I looked at my own daughter, I felt so sad for Sara.”

‘I love my daughter [who is six] so much. How could anyone leave their daughter?’

The international manhunt for the family is still ongoing as Pakistani police claimed this week they were only told to search for the relatives five days after their body was discovered.

The full interview with Ms Sharif will be broadcast on Polish TV on Wednesday at 7.55pm local time.

Emma Colton

Janice Dean is a WSTPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Janice Dean joined WSTPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: janicedean@wstpost.com.

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