News outlets in Pakistan are reporting that after some 800 letters from lawyer Javed Iqbal Jaffery and a rejected petition last December, the Lahore High Court (LHC) accepted on Monday a petition calling for the British Queen to hand over the famous 105-carat Koh-i-Noor diamond to Pakistan. Jaffery argued in his petition that the Koh-i-Noor actually belongs to Pakistan as the gem hailed from the territory that became Pakistan in the aftermath of the historic partition of the subcontinent in 1947.
A lawyer in Pakistan has filed a court petition seeking the return of a diamond he says Britain forced India to hand over in colonial times. Once the largest known diamond in the world, the 105-carat Koh-i-Noor is one of the crown jewels. It is set in a crown last worn by the Queen’s late mother during her coronation. Attorney Jawaid Iqbal Jafree filed the court petition naming Queen Elizabeth II as a respondent on Wednesday in the eastern city of Lahore. The application asks that Britain hand back the diamond, now on display in the Tower of London.