Even after the Lahore High Court rejected his petition against the British Royal Family, Attorney Jawaid Iqbal Jafree remains persistent to bring back the Koh-i-Noor diamond back to Pakistan. He has filed yet another court petition naming Queen Elizabeth II as a respondent. The application asks that Britain hand back the diamond-currently on display in the Tower of London. Britain’s then colonial governor-general of India arranged for the huge diamond to be presented to Queen Victoria in 1850, during British colonial rule. For Jafree however, Koh-i-Noor rightfully belonged to Punjab province and was “forcibly and under duress” taken by the British from the local ruler at the time.

This reclaiming of the past comes at a time when a group of Indian businessmen and actors have also prepared to initiate legal proceedings to demand the return of Koh-i-Noor diamond to India, claiming it to be of their ‘wealth and country’s psyche’. Staying true to the rift between both countries- it is only logical for to get our hands on something that might or might not belong to us. The quirky legal case may well be a lost cause, but it’s a good way to remind all our enemies and fair-weather friends that we are a tough and vocal, and we will never forget our past.

The legacy of imperialism has left deep wounds across the world. Artifacts from many countries have been pillaged and lost. Ownership of the Koh-i-Noor is a much deeper issue than this one argument. For us it is also feud with India (and Two-Nation Theory), over which part of our joint history we can reclaim as our own.

If it is rightfully the property of the subcontinent, are both India and Pakistan in a position actually ask for it back? Are such artifacts better off outside the country until more stability is achieved? Can both countries agree on a joint ownership? It is highly unlikely. There is no simple solution to this problem. Neither Indians, nor Pakistanis have sole right to the Kohinoor, but neither does the United Kingdom. But there are bigger things to consider. Just as Ranjit Singh was not only a Sikh ruler, but the Maharaja of the entire Punjab, and just as Mian Mir was not only a Muslim saint but also a spiritual leader to the Sikhs, to be a part of this debate Pakistanis need to accept that our history is not just the history of Muslims in the sub-continent, but of all the people that coexisted here before and after.