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Pakistan court filing asks QEII to return Koh-i-Noor diamond

Friday, December 04, 2015 - 00:57

A Pakistani attorney says he has filed a court petition seeking the return of the famed Koh-i-Noor diamond Britain forced India to hand over in colonial times. Rob Muir has more.

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It's one of the most famous diamonds in the world... The 105 carat Koh-i-Noor is best known for its prominence in the crown worn by the late mother of Queen Elizabeth during her coronation. But it came originally from what is now Pakistan, taken by the British during colonial rule...and now Pakistani attorney Iqbal Jaffree has filed a petition with the high court in Lahore to get it back. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) ATTORNEY, IQBAL JAFFREE, SAYING: "It was taken away from Lahore, from the King of Lahore. Obviously, the King did not give it to them in good relations." Jaffree says the diamond rightly belongs to Pakistan's Punjab province. He's written hundreds of letters over the past 50 years to Queen Elizabeth asking for the diamond's return....with no luck ...and while he's hopeful about the court petition he knows he faces an uphill task. Britain says the Koh-i-Noor will remain a jewel in its crown.

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Pakistan court filing asks QEII to return Koh-i-Noor diamond

Friday, December 04, 2015 - 00:57