Courts in the UK and Pakistan involved in complex legal tussle

Courts in the UK and Pakistan are involved in a complex legal tussle to decide what should happen to the siblings of Sara Sharif.

Sara, 10, was found dead at her home in Woking, Surrey, in August. Her father, stepmother and uncle deny her murder.

The overlapping cases will decide where the siblings should ultimately live, after they were taken to Pakistan.

They can now be reported after restrictions were lifted following an application by media organisations.

Since Sara Sharif was found dead there have been a series of hearings in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

In those hearings Sara’s siblings were made wards of court, and the court ordered that they should be returned to the UK.

That led to Surrey County Council making an application to the High Court in Lahore in Pakistan to secure the children’s return to Britain.

The court processes in Pakistan and London are ongoing, and at the moment the children remain in Pakistan.

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