LAHORE - Even after the Lahore High Court rejected his petition against the British Royal Family, a Lahore-based lawyer is persistent to bring back the Koh-i-Noor diamond from the possession of Queen Elizabeth II.

Yesterday, Barrister Syed Javed Iqbal Jafree filed another petition in the LHC, seeking directions for the federal government, being member of the Commonwealth countries, to bring back the 105-carat jewel.

Maintaining that the LHC Registrar office had no power to object on any constitutional petition, the lawyer behind the suit says the gem is part of Punjab's heritage, and belongs to Pakistan. “The objection of the registrar office is tantamount to interfering into the powers and jurisdiction of a court,” said Jafree.

However, analysts believe the court is unlikely to hear the case.

Previously, the LHC registrar office objected to the maintainability of the petition observing that the court had no jurisdiction to hear a case against the British Queen. The British got hold of Koh-i-Noor in 1849 when the East India Company annexed the region of Punjab. Punjab was split between India and Pakistan in 1947. The petition comes weeks after an Indian pressure group reportedly instructed lawyers to begin legal proceedings in the High Court in London to demand the return of the jewel.

Jaffrey said that the British snatched the diamond from Daleep Singh, grandson of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and took to United Kingdom. He said the diamond became part of the crown of incumbent Queen Elizabeth-II at the time of her crowing in 1953. “Queen Elizabeth had no right on the Koh-I-Noor. It is cultural heritage of Punjab province and its citizens own it.”

Along with the British queen, the British High Commission in Pakistan has also been made respondent in the petition.

The Koh-i-Noor diamond was worn by the late Queen Mother and was displayed on top of her crown when her coffin lay in state after her death in 2002.

In 2010 David Cameron rejected calls for the diamond to be returned to India, saying such a move would set an unworkable precedent.