Pakistan court places Sara Sharif’s siblings under child protection.

Child Protection for Sara Sharif’s Siblings

Sara Sharif’s tragic death in the UK last month has had profound repercussions for her surviving siblings, as they have been placed into child protection in Pakistan. The five siblings were discovered at their grandfather’s residence during the ongoing search for Sara’s fugitive parents.

Fugitive Parents Take Siblings to Pakistan

Sara’s father, stepmother, and uncle, identified as Urfan Sharif, Beinash Batool, and Faisal Malik, respectively, took the five children to Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, on August 9, shortly after Sara’s death. Following their arrival in Pakistan, the trio went into hiding, eluding the authorities’ attempts to locate them.

Discovery at Grandfather’s House

Pakistani authorities, while searching for Sara’s parents and uncle, found the five siblings at the residence of Sara’s grandfather. This development prompted the decision to place the children into child protection.

Autopsy Reveals Disturbing Injuries

An autopsy of Sara did not definitively determine the cause of her death, but it revealed that she had suffered “multiple and extensive injuries,” which were likely inflicted over an extended period. This information intensified the investigation into her family members.

Interpol Involvement

Interpol issued yellow notices for the missing children, a measure used to aid in locating missing persons, particularly minors. This international alert played a crucial role in the children’s recovery.

Child Protection Order

After the children were located, they were brought before the court on Tuesday under tight security measures. The court ruled that they should be placed under the custody of the Child Protection Bureau in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad, ensuring their safety and well-being.

Pressure on Fugitive Family Members

In an attempt to pressure Sara’s parents and uncle to surrender, Pakistani police detained 10 relatives of Urfan Sharif, including his father, brothers, and cousins, for interrogation. Muhammad Sharif, Sara’s grandfather, had initially denied knowledge of the whereabouts of Sara’s siblings but later admitted to sheltering them in Jhelum, Pakistan. Muhammad Sharif urged his son to cooperate with the authorities and face the legal consequences.

Unresolved Cause of Sara’s Death

Sara was only 10 years old when she was discovered lifeless in her family’s home on August 10. Although post-mortem examinations revealed extensive injuries, the precise cause of her death remained undetermined, classified as “not yet ascertained” but likely “unnatural” by a previous inquest.

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