WEB DESK: A petition demanding the return of the Koh-i-Noor diamond has been filed in a Pakistan court which is one of the British Royal Family’s Crown Jewels.
The 105-carat diamond came into British possession in 1849 when the East India Company took over the region of Punjab.
The lawyer behind the suit argues the gem is part of Punjab’s heritage, and belongs to Pakistan. Punjab was split between India and Pakistan in 1947.
Analysts say the court is unlikely to hear the case.
The petition comes weeks after an Indian pressure group reportedly instructed lawyers to begin legal proceedings in the High Court in London to demand the return of the jewel.
The Koh-i-Noor diamond was worn by the late Queen Mother and was displayed on top of her crown when her coffin lay in state after her death in 2002.
Experts say its ownership has changed many times and includes Mughal princes, Persian warriors, Afghan rulers and Punjabi Maharajas.
However, analysts say that even if his petition is heard, it is very unlikely he will achieve its objectives.