Three-way claim between UK, India and Pakistan set for Koh-i-Noor diamond

A new ruling in Lahore has set the stage for a three-way claim between India, the UK and Pakistan for the famed Koh-i-Noor diamond from the Crown Jewels.A judge has accepted a petition from a British-trained lawyer calling for the Queen to hand the 105-carat gem to Pakistan.India has long laid claim to the diamond, which was acquired by Britain in 1849 when the East India Company annexed the region of Punjab.But in the new suit, Javed Iqbal Jaffry argued that the Koh-i-Noor actually belongs to Pakistan as he says that the gem hailed from territory that became Pakistan in 1947.In 1850, Britain’s then colonial governor-general of India arranged for the huge diamond to be presented to Queen Victoria. Punjab was split between India and Pakistan in the partition of the Raj in 1947.The jewel, once the largest known diamond in the world, is now on display at the Tower of London.