Pak court accepts plea to bring back Koh-i-Noor
#Cosmoread: A Pakistani court accepted a petition seeking a direction to the government to bring back Koh-I-Noor from British Queen Elizabeth-II, overruling the objecton on one to the plea for the famed diamond, which India has been trying to get from the UK for years.
Lahore High Court justice Khalid Mahmood khan Monday overruled the objection by the court’s registrar office to the petition which has named Queen Elizabeth –II and British High Commission in Pakistan respondents in the case.
The plea filed by Barrister Javed Iqbal Jaffry made Pakistan’s claim over the 105-carat gem on the basis that it hailed from the territory that became Pakistan in 1947.
In December last year, the registrar office had dismissed the plea terming it as nonmaintainable and said the court had no jurisdiction to hear the case against the Brits queen.
The petitioner filed a fresh plea in the high court pleading that in Britain the Queen is responding in every case. “Why not she can be made respondent in a case in Pakistan,” he argued in the court. In the petition, Jaffry argued that Britain “forcibly and under duress” stole the diamond from Daleep Singh, grandson of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh, and took it to the UK.
“The diamond became part of the crown of incumbent Queen Elizabeth-II at the time of her crowing at 1953. Queen Elizabeth has no right on the Koh-I-Noor diamond,” he said The lawyer said he has written 786 letters to the Queen and to Pakistani officials before filing the lawsuit. “Koh-i-Noor was not legitimately acquired. Grabbing and snatching it was an illegal act which is justified by no law. A wrong is a wrong it does not become righteous by passage of time,” he said.