Pakistan lays claim to the Koh-i-Noor diamond

Koh-i-Noor diamondPakistan has laid fresh claim to acuire the precious Koh-i-Noor diamond. A judge in Pakistan has accepted a court petition from a British-trained lawyer arguing that the Koh-i-Noor diamond from the Crown Jewels belongs to Pak and should be returned to Pakistan as the gem was seized from territory that became Pakistan in 1947.

Javed Iqbal Jaffry, who filed the petition last year, claims the Koh-i-Noor – was not legitimately taken and India has no right to get it, according to a report published in Dailymail, UK.

The 105-carat gem, once the largest known diamond in the world, has long been at the centre of a dispute with India, as it was acquired by Britain in 1849 when the East India Company annexed the region of Punjab.  Britain ‘forcibly and under duress’ allegedly stole the diamond from Daleep Singh, the grandson of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh and last ruler of the Sikhs and seized it to Britain.

The diamond was last worn by the late Queen Mother during her coronation and is on display at the Tower of London

Jaffry, who has written 786 letters to the Queen and to Pakistan before filing the lawsuit, named the Queen and the British High Commission in Islamabad as respondents in his case.

But during a visit to India in 2013, David Cameron has ruled out handing back the diamond to any other country.

The Koh-i-noor, which means ‘Mountain of Light’ in Urdu, was first recorded in 1306. A Hindu text at the time said: ‘Only God or woman can wear it with impunity’.

Medaram Jathara

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