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Pakistani Attorney Demands Return of Koh-i-Noor

Dec 7, 2015 6:00 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... A Pakistani attorney has filed a petition with the High Court in Lahore, naming Queen Elizabeth II as a respondent. Iqbal Jaffree is demanding the return of the Koh-i-Noor diamond, the 105.6-carat gem which forms part of the British crown jewels, Reuters reported December 4.

Jaffree claims that the diamond belongs to Pakistan's Punjab province, as it was taken by the British from the King of Lahore during colonial rule. The stone is famous for its prominence in the crown worn by the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, at her coronation in 1937, and again at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

"It was taken away from Lahore, from the King of Lahore,” Jaffree said in a Reuters video interview. “Obviously, the King did not give it to them in good relations."

The attorney has written hundreds of letters to Queen Elizabeth II over the past 50 years requesting the diamond's return, but without success.

In November 2015, a group of Bollywood stars and Indian businessmen launched a similar claim in London’s High Court, demanding the return of the diamond to India.
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