Pakistani Barrister Javed Iqbal Jaffry has filed a petition in the Lahore court seeking the retrieval of the coveted 105 carat Kohinoor diamond, currently under ownership of the Britains.
Considered the largest diamond in the world at one time, the diamond had originally belonged to the Kakatiya Dynasty and had changed hands between many Indian rulers before it was finally rested as the eye of an idol in the temple of a revered Hindu goddess. It is claimed to have been stolen by British forces during their conquest of Punjab in 1849, and was later set in the crown of Queen Elizabeth.
The issue had ignited on Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to India in 1997, when many Indians in India and Britain had demanded the return of the precious relic of Indian history. It was last referred to as recently as in November, when British Indian MP Keith Vaz emphasized it ahead of PM Modi’s visit to UK.