Timeline of events in Sara Sharif case

Police have issued new photographs of Sara Sharif as part of an appeal to “build a picture” of her life in the weeks before she was found dead at her home in Woking.

The 10-year-old’s father Urfan Sharif, stepmother Beinash Batool and uncle Faisal Malikhave been charged with her murder on September 15.

Here is a timeline of the events in the case so far:

– August 9

Sara’s father Urfan Sharif, 41, his partner Beinash Batool, 29, and Urfan Sharif’s brother, Faisal Malik, 28, travel to Islamabad, Pakistan, with five children aged between one and 13 years old.

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Urfan Sharif (left) and Beinash Batool (Surrey Police/PA)

– August 10

Officers from Surrey Police are called from Pakistan by Mr Sharif at about 2.50am to a semi-detached property on Hammond Road in Woking, Surrey, where Sara is found dead. A murder investigation is launched.

– August 15

A post-mortem examination is unable to establish the cause of Sara’s death and further tests are carried out, but the examination shows the child had suffered “multiple and extensive” injuries which were likely to have been caused over a “sustained and extended” period of time.

– August 18

Surrey Police say they would like to speak to Urfan Sharif, Beinash Batool and Faisal Malik in relation to the investigation, with a search for them under way.

– August 19

The Associated Press news agency reports that Pakistani police in the eastern province of Punjab are seeking to arrest Mr Sharif in connection with Sara’s death, with his family home believed to be in the city of Jhelum.

Officer Imran Ahmed said police found evidence that he had briefly returned to Jhelum, before leaving and disappearing.

– August 20

Surrey County Council confirms to the PA news agency Sara was known to the local authority. The search for her father continues.

– August 24

Rawalpindi region police chief Khurram Ali says the force is “close to locating” Mr Sharif, Ms Batool and Mr Malik, after they had interrogated Mr Sharif’s father, brother and uncle.

Police in the UK issue a fresh appeal for information in the case.

– August 27

Speaking to the Sunday Times, Sara’s grandfather Muhammad Sharif, 68, urges the three individuals to hand themselves in to police.

– August 29

An inquest into Sara’s death is opened at Surrey Coroner’s Court and hears the precise cause of her death is “not yet ascertained”, but is likely to be “unnatural”.

– September 6

In footage sent to broadcasters including the BBC and Sky, Ms Batool, accompanied by Mr Sharif, speaks publicly for the first time since Sara’s death and describes it as “an incident”, saying they are “willing to co-operate with the UK authorities and fight our case in court”.

– September 9

A police spokesman in Jhelum says Mr Sharif and Ms Batool are in hiding and 10 close relatives have been taken into custody for questioning, including Sara’s grandfather Muhammad Sharif.

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Sara Sharif’s body was found at her home in Woking (Surrey Police/PA)

– September 11

The BBC reports that five children have been taken from the home of Muhammad Sharif, with dozens of police officers raiding the property in Jhelum.

Eyewitness accounts say officers broke CCTV cameras at the property, stopped traffic and prevented passers-by from filming. The children were later returned.

The whereabouts of Urfan Sharif, Ms Batool and Mr Malik are still unknown.

– September 12

A court rules that the five children will be sent temporarily to a government childcare facility in Pakistan.

In the UK, Surrey Police say they are working to secure the safe return of the siblings from Pakistan.

– September 13

Urfan Sharif, Beinash Batool and Faisal Malik land in the UK at Gatwick Airport on an Emirates flight from Sialkot, Pakistan, via Dubai, and are arrested on suspicion of murder immediately after leaving the plane.

Sialkot police spokesman Khan Mudassir said the three individuals were handed over to the Pakistani Federal Investigation Agency.

– September 15

Just after midnight, Surrey Police issue a statement saying the Crown Prosecution Service has authorised the trio to be charged with Sara’s murder.

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A new photo of Sara Sharif issued by police (Surrey Police/PA)

They are also charged with causing or allowing the death of a child and appear at Guildford Magistrates Court later that day, where they are remanded into custody.

Urfan Sharif, Beinash Batool and Faisal Malik appear at the Old Bailey via video-link, where they are told they are ordered to face trial in September 2024.

– September 22

Surrey Police issue new images of Sara, which they say depict her the way she may have dressed in the months prior to her death.

Detectives release the photographs as part of an appeal for new information from the public, in an effort to “build a picture” of the final weeks of her life.