Pak­istan wanted di­a­mond back

Townsville Bulletin - - Nye — Party Central -

THE Pak­istani prime min­is­ter called on Bri­tain to right his­toric wrongs 30 years ago by re­turninga pre­cious di­a­mond which left dur­ing­colo­nial times, newly de­clas­si­fied doc­u­ments showed yes­ter­day.

Zul­fikar Ali Bhutto wrote to his then coun­ter­part, James Cal­laghan, in Au­gust 1976 about the Koh-i-noor di­a­mond, which was once the largest known di­a­mond in the world and was set in a royal crown on be­ing­p­re­sented to Queen Vic­to­ria in 1852.

The his­toric dis­pute over its own­er­ship again flared in 2002, when the crown sat on top of the cof­fin of Queen El­iz­a­beth, the Queen Mother, as her body lay in state in Lon­don.

But it re­mains in the Tower of Lon­don as part of the Bri­tish crown jew­els col­lec­tion.

The 108-carat gem has also been claimed by coun­tries in­clud­ingIn­dia, Iran and Afghanistan.

In his let­ter, Bhutto told Cal­laghan that ‘lit­tle is left in our land from what was be­queathed to us by the cen­turies of pre-colo­nial his­tory’ and de­cried the dis­ap­pear­ance of ‘the unique trea­sures which are the flesh and blood of Pak­istan’s her­itage’.

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