Timeline of events in the Sarah Sharif case

Police have released new photographs of Sarah 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.

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

Here's the timeline of events in the case so far:

– August 9

Sarah's father Urfan Sharif, 41, his partner Baynas Batul, 29, and Urfan Sharif's brother Faisal Malik, 28, are traveling to Islamabad, Pakistan, with their five children aged between one and 13.

– August 10

Surrey Police officers were called from Pakistan by Mr Sharif at around 2.50am. at a semi-detached property on Hammond Street in Woking, Surrey, where Sarah is found dead. A murder investigation begins.

– 15th of August

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

– August 18

Surrey Police say they would like to speak to Urfan Sharif, Beinash Batool and Faisal Malik in connection with the investigation, while a search for them is ongoing.

– 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 Sarah's death, whose family home is believed to be in the town of Jhelum.

Police 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 PA news agency Sara was known to local authorities. The search for her father continues.

– August 24

Rawalpindi District Police Chief Khurram Ali says the force is “close to locating” Mr Sharif, Ms Batul and Mr Malik after questioning Mr Sharif's father, brother and uncle .

Police in the UK are launching a new appeal for information about the case.

– August 27

Speaking to the Sunday Times, Sarah's grandfather Mohammed Sharif, 68, urged the three people to hand themselves in to police.

– August 29

An inquest into Sara's death opens at Surrey Coroner's Court and hears that the exact cause of her death is “yet to be 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 cooperate with the UK authorities. and fight our case in court.”

– September 9

A police spokesman in Jhelum says Sharif and Batul are in hiding and 10 close relatives have been detained for questioning, including Sarah's grandfather, Mohammad Sharif.

– September 11th

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

Eyewitness accounts say officers broke CCTV cameras at the property, stopped traffic and prevented bystanders from taking video. The children returned later.

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

– September 12

A court ruled that the five children will be temporarily sent to a state-run childcare facility in Pakistan.

In the UK, Surrey Police say they are working to ensure the brothers' safe return 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 Mudasir said the three people were handed over to Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency.

– September 15

Shortly after midnight, Surrey Police issued a statement saying the Crown Prosecution Service had authorized the trio to be charged with Sarah's murder.

They are also charged with causing or permitting the death of a child and will appear at Guildford Magistrates Court later that day, where they have been remanded in custody.

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

– September 22

Surrey Police have released new images of Sara which they say show her as she may have been dressed in the months before her death.

Detectives are releasing the photos as part of an appeal for new information from the public in an attempt to “build a picture” of the final weeks of her life.