A PTI donor who had gifted a sum of $25,000 to the ruling party has acquired the contract to construct a luxury hotel in Nathia Gali.
According to a report by a local newspaper, the donor, Mumtaz Muslim, owns an offshore company called Dareshk Security Solutions Inc which provided nearly 15,000 special non-combative security personnel to the US forces during the Iraq War.
A report by the Election Commission of Pakistan’s scrutiny committee revealed that Muslim gifted a sum of nearly $25,000 to the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf. He is also said to have strong ties to the PTI leadership.
His name appeared in media reports as a PTI leader when the FIA published a list of Pakistanis who owned properties abroad in the UAE.
A recently surfaced tweet on a PTI social networking website reveals that an agreement was signed between the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and Muslim’s hotel chain for the construction of a luxury hotel in Nathia Gali. The newspaper report adds that Mumtaz Muslim met with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan on September 16, 2021 prior to being awarded the contract.
According to the leaked Pandora Papers, Mumtaz Ahmed Muslim formed a company by the name of Dareshk Security Solutions in the British Virgin Islands. According to the company’s website, it has recruited and staffed nearly 15,000 security guards at 36 US bases in Iraq to provide security.
The development comes days after the Election Commission of Pakistan’s scrutiny committee revealed that the ruling PTI party hid a sum of Rs312 million during a period of four years between financial year 2009-2010 and financial year 2012-2013. Further details revealed that Rs145 million was under-reported in financial year 2012-2013.
The report came forth as the ECP resumed its hearing of the foreign funding case against the party, after a period of nearly nine months. The case has been unresolved since November 14, 2014.