Published On: Fri, Dec 4th, 2015

Lahore High Court rejects petition seeking return of Koh-i-Noor diamond

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Friday rejected a petition filed by a lawyer seeking the return of the famed Koh-i-Noor diamond from Britain.

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“Her Majesty the Queen will rise in the highest public interest … with facilitating honest disposal and transferring the possession of the Koh-i-Noor diamond which was illegally taken,” Jafree said in his petition, which the court has not yet admitted for hearing.“Koh-i-Noor was not legitimately acquired. Grabbing and snatching it was a private, illegal act which is justified by no law.”If Kate Middleton, the wife of Prince William, who is second in line to the throne, eventually becomes queen consort, she will don the crown holding the diamond on official occasions.In the last half century, Jafree has written over 786 letters to Queen Elizabeth and various Pakistani officials asking for the diamond’s return.His latest high court petition notes that his letters have never been acknowledged, except once by Queen Elizabeth through her principal private secretary.During a visit to India in 2010, British Prime Minister David Cameron said in an interview on Indian television that the diamond would stay in London.“What tends to happen with these questions is that if you say yes to one, then you would suddenly find the British Museum empty,” he said.

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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