Sara Sharif’s dad ‘asked pal to help him organise urgent flight to Pakistan just hours before telling cops she was dead’

Just hours before reporting his daughter’s death, SARA Sharif’s father asked a friend to book him a one-way ticket to Pakistan.

Urfan Sharif fled the UK with his partner Beinash Batool, his brother Faisal Malik and five of his children before the 10-year-old’s body was discovered at their home in Woking.

Urfan Sharif, 41, is wanted in connection with the death of his 10-year-old daughter Sara


Urfan Sharif, 41, is wanted in connection with the death of his 10-year-old daughter SaraPhoto credit: Tiktok
Sara was found dead at the home in Woking on August 10


Sara was found dead at the home in Woking on August 10Photo credit: PA

The 41-year-old taxi driver reportedly contacted his pal Nadeem Riaz on August 8 in a desperate attempt to secure British Airways tickets.

Shopkeeper Nadeem had known the fugitive for more than a decade and often helped Urfan send money to relatives in Pakistan.

He told that Just that Sara’s father urgently applied for eight “one-way” tickets to visit family in Islamabad because of the “death of a cousin”.

“Sharif sounded normal. No different than usual,” he said.

Urfan, his partner, 29, his brother, 28, and five children, aged between one and 13, have not been seen in the UK since.

Nadeem added, “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?”

An international manhunt for Urfan has been launched after Pakistani police confirmed they plan to arrest him in connection with Sara’s alleged murder.

Urfan’s brother, Imran Sharif, previously claimed officials in Pakistan ransacked her family’s home in the city of Jhelum.

The authorities reportedly held two of the fugitive’s brothers for questioning before releasing them. None of them have been arrested or charged.

Meanwhile, Sara’s heartbroken mother, Olga, told The Sun newspaper that she had desperately tried to contact Urfan after learning of her daughter’s death.

She said: “I texted and called but didn’t get anything so I tried to reach him on TikTok but it switched to private.”

“My friends and my relatives also tried to message them, but no one got anything.”

“He said he loves my kids but he’s flying away?” she added.

“It takes less than five minutes to leave the country.

“It takes hours to sort everything out, like the money for the flights.”

“There are still so many unanswered questions.”

A cousin of Sara’s stepmother, Batool, has also spoken out about the tragedy.

The anonymous family member told Sky news: “Beinash should return to Britain.”

“I do not know where she is. But I’m worried about her. I’m worried about her children.”

“She should come back to the UK, go to the police and tell them exactly what happened.”

Sharif sounded normal. No different than usual.”

Nadeem Riaz friend of Urfan

An autopsy could not determine the cause of little Sara’s death.

However, it was concluded that the 10-year-old had “suffered multiple and serious injuries, likely inflicted over an extended period of time”.

And Sara’s devastated mother has denied claims her daughter died after falling down the stairs.

Urfan’s brother, Imran Sharif, reportedly made the allegation to Pakistani police in an interview.

But Olga, 36, said: “He could have just made that claim to protect his brother and prevent questions being asked.” I don’t think he’s being honest.

“The The only person I want answers from is Urfan. He needs to be questioned about what happened to my daughter.

She said she will “never know any closure” until she learns what happened to Sara.

And the grieving mother warned Urfan: “He can’t hide forever.”

Surrey Police Chief Inspector Mark Chapman said: “Although the autopsy was not able to provide us with a definitive cause of death at this time, we now know that Sara suffered multiple and serious injuries over a period of time.”

“This has significantly changed the nature of our investigation and we have expanded the timeline for the focus of our investigation.

“So we’re trying to paint a picture of Sara’s lifestyle, but we can’t do it without the help of the public.”

As reported by the postNeighbors claimed Sara was seen with cuts and bruises a day before she was taken out of official school – to be homeschooled by Batool.

According to local residents, Urfan’s partner claimed that she would withdraw her from school because of bullying.

Neighbors also claimed that the curtains in the family home were always closed.

Sara’s body was found after police were taken to an Urfan address in Woking around 2.50am on Thursday 10 August 2023.

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It quickly emerged that three people the police wanted to speak to had fled the country in the hours prior to the youth’s discovery.

British authorities are unsure how they will deal with Urfan’s capture as Britain does not have a formal extradition treaty with Pakistan.

Urfan's partner, Beinash Batool, on the run


Urfan’s partner, Beinash Batool, on the runPhoto credit: PA

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost 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. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost 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

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