Nathiagali’s multi-million dollars luxury hotel contract was awarded to a PTI donor: Report
The person who got the multi-million dollars contract to build a luxury hotel in Nathiagali in October last year has turned out be a donor of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). According to a report published in The News, Mumtaz Ahmed Muslim – who owns a hotel chain and a security services company – ‘gifted’ the ruling party thousands of dollars.
The ruling party then returned the favor by awarding him the multi-million dollars Nathiagali hotel project, the report claimed. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)’s scrutiny committee report revealed that Mumtaz Ahmed Muslim gifted a total of $24,979 to PTI.
Furthermore, Mumtaz Ahmed also enjoys a close relationship with the PTI leadership. In April 2018, Imran Khan appointed him as his special adviser on special projects, just a few days after meeting the PTI chief at his residence in Banigala.
It is pertinent to mention that just a month before the contract was awarded, Mumtaz Muslim held a meeting with Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mahmood Khan. A month later, an agreement was signed between the PTI donor and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government.
Mumtaz Ahmed Muslim’s name also appeared in the Pandora Papers, according to which he owns an offshore company Dreshak Security Solutions Inc. The PM has already established special, high-level cell to probe the Pandora Papers exposé.
“The Pandora Papers documents reveal that on August 06, 2006, Mumtaz Ahmed Muslim incorporated an offshore company Dreshak Security Solutions Inc. in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) jurisdiction. As per the documents, Mumtaz Ahmed Muslim and Imtiaz Ahmed Muslim are the officers and shareholders of the company. Imtiaz Ahmed Muslim is also the managing director of Dreshak Security Solutions Inc,” claimed The News.
When Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry was contacted by the media outlet, he confirmed that ‘Mumtaz Muslim is a staunch party supporter and a former party member.’ “He won it in open bidding,” Chaudhry said about the hotel contract. Furthermore, the federal minister also added that the contract was awarded by the army and not the KP government.
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