The grandfather of Sara Sharif has urged his son to “present himself” to police and provides his “point of view” following the 10-year-old woman’s demise.
Muhammad Sharif additionally mentioned his household is being “harassed” by police who’ve taken his relations into custody.
Police need to converse to Muhammad Sharif’s son Urfan Sharif, in addition to his associate Beinash Batool and his brother Faisal Shahzad Malik, after Sara was discovered useless at her dwelling in Woking, Surrey, on 10 August.
Officers consider Urfan Sharif, 41, together with Ms Batool, 29, Mr Malik, 28, and 5 kids aged between one and 13, travelled to Pakistan’s capital Islamabad the day earlier than Sara’s physique was found.
Muhammad Sharif, 68, advised Sky News: “We appeal to the police to release my family members.
“I’ve tried my finest to contact Urfan and ask him to current himself and provides his viewpoint.”
Muhammad Sharif had earlier told The Sunday Times his son had briefly visited the family home in Jhelum, Punjab province, in August.
A post-mortem last month revealed Sara had “suffered a number of and in depth accidents” that were “more likely to have been precipitated over a sustained and prolonged time frame”.
Her cause of death has yet to be determined – but an inquest has heard it is “more likely to be unnatural”.
She was previously known to authorities, according to Surrey County Council, while Surrey Police said they had “restricted and historic contact” with Sara’s household.
Police and Interpol hunt for household
Urfan Sharif known as 999 from Pakistan on the day his daughter’s physique was discovered, expressing concern for her security, in line with officers.
Police in Pakistan have been making an attempt their “level best” to find the household, whereas Interpol and different companies are additionally concerned within the hunt to seek out them.
Last week, a cousin of Ms Batool urged her to “come back to the UK” and hand herself in to the police.
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The relative, who requested to not be named, mentioned Ms Batool was estranged from her dad and mom, having eloped to marry Mr Sharif.
Last month, police within the Pakistan metropolis of Jhelum advised Sky News that Sara’s uncle Imran Sharif, had been in custody however was not underneath arrest.
He advised officers the household line was that Sara fell at dwelling, police mentioned.
He is alleged to have advised officers: “Beinash was home with the children. Sara fell down the stairs and broke her neck. Beinash panicked and phoned Urfan.”
Sara’s mom Olga Sharif has been supported by specialist officers since her daughter’s demise.