Barrister Javed Iqbal Jaffry argued in its petition to the Lahore High Court that the UK snatched diamond from Daleep Singh, grandson of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, and took him to Britain.
“The diamond became part of the crown of Queen Elizabeth II corresponds at the time of her coronation in 1953. Queen Elizabeth has no right in the Kohinoor diamond, which weighs 105 carats and worth billions of rupees”, he said.
“Kohinoor diamond was cultural heritage in the province of Punjab and its citizens possessed in fact,” Jaffry said.
He asked the court to direct the federal government to bring the diamond to Pakistan by the British government.
The Kohinoor was mined in medieval times in the Kollur mine in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. At one time the world’s largest diamond was considered.
The diamond was originally owned by the Kakatiya dynasty, which was placed in a temple of a Hindu goddess like her eye.