Pakistan wanted diamond back
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’.