Petition seeking return of Koh-i-Noor diamond to Pakistan set for hearing
LAHORE: A petition demanding from the United Kingdom to the return the Koh-i-Noor diamond to Pakistan has been fixed for hearing in the Lahore High Court.
Justice Shahid Waheed of the Lahore High Court will hear the plea on July 1.
The petitioner alleged that the British officers had snatched the diamond from Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s grandson Dilip Singh and taken it to their country.
The litigant contended that when Queen Elizabeth II ascended the British throne in 1953, the Koh-i-Noor diamond snatched from Dilip Singh was part of her crown.
He said that the diamond was the cultural heritage of Punjab and Queen Elizabeth had no right to it. The court has been asked to take back the Koh-i-Noor diamond from the British government and bring it to Pakistan.
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It should be noted that India is also demanding the return of all antiquities from Britain, including Koh-i-Noor, which were confiscated during the colonial era.
When Queen Elizabeth II paid an official visit to India in 1997 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her independence, the Indian people, as well as Indians living in the UK, demanded the return of the diamond. Today, Koh-i-Noor adorns the crown of Queen Elizabeth II.