The Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam Fazal (JUI-F) leader Fazal-ur-Rehman has called for a long march against the sitting government on October 27 that will culminate in Islamabad, where the party plans to hold a sit-in for at least one month.
According to the JUI-F chief, the party’s decision about the “million march” towards Islamabad was irreversible. Does Fazal-ur-Rehman even know the meaning of one million? That’s really hard to tell. It would become a huge spectacle if a million people join the march.
Khara Sach host and leading anchorperson Mubasher Lucman presented a statistical analysis of Fazal-ur-Rehman’s million march in a video on his YouTube channel.
First of all, let’s talk about the basic necessities of the so-called million people by Fazal-ur-Rehman which includes food, water, transportation, toilet facilities, etc.
According to simple and rough estimates, if a meal as cheap as Rs. 60 per head is provided to every participant of the march, an estimated cost of around Rs. 60 million ($ 3,82,068) per meal is required and it should be clear that one person at least consumes three meals a day, which takes the cost to Rs. 180 million ($ 1,146,204) per day.
Keeping in mind the cost of one day and the party’s plan to hold a sit-in for a month, the estimated cost of food only, will turn out to be Rs. 5.4 billion ($ 34,386,143). Similarly, abundant amounts of water would also be required to fulfill the need of one million people. Moreover, cooking utensils, gas cylinders, stoves and labor would be required and when it comes to numbers an average sized cylinder costs around Rs. 6,000 ($ 38), and Fazal-ur-Rehman would be needing them in great numbers, approximately 50,000 (minimum) which would cost around Rs. 300 million ($ 1,910,341).
Cooking utensils and stoves would cost in millions as well, JUI-F leadership should be contacted in order to know the exact figures as they must be preparing for it.
If Fazal-ur-Rehman is able to gather one million people in the capital city, a mammoth amount of capital, as well as, arrangements are needed for their transportation and accommodation. While talking to a representative of Bus Transport Association, around 25,000 vehicles would be required for the transportation of one million people. Be clear that we are not talking about those people who would be travelling on their private cars.
According to a very small estimate, the minimum rent for each vehicle is said to be Rs. 15,000 one sided which makes an accumulated cost of Rs. 375 million ($ 2,387,927) in order to arrange a long march of one million people. Clearly, a similar amount of funds would be required when the protesters would be leaving the capital city after one month which adds to the transportation cost making it around Rs. 750 million ($ 4,775,854). As per the Bus Transport Association, no mass booking has been received yet.
Another major concern of Fazal-ur-Rehman’s party is the arrangement of toilets as minimum 200,000 toilets are required to cater the need of one million people. Again when it comes to numbers, a big question rises in everyone’s mind regarding Fazal-ur-Rehman’s source of funding. Nevertheless, according to our details an average toilet costs around Rs. 20,000 ($ 127) and when it comes to the construction/installation of two hundred thousand toilets, the figure rises up to Rs. 4 billion ($ 25,471,217).
According to a rough estimate from ‘Master Plan 2007-2021 of Solid Waste Management in Lahore’, around 200,000 kg of solid waste would be generated and there have been no such preparations made by JUI-F, so far. Moreover, no arrangements of sewerage has been made yet which would lead to health and environmental problems in the city. Further, it is to be remembered that costs such as lights, generators, fuel, Fazal-ur-Rehman’s container and sound are not added in the list yet.
Therefore, the minimum cost on the basic necessities of this long march would be roughly around Rs. 10 billion ($ 63,678,043). After all these above-mentioned figures, one basic question will rise in every person’s mind, that where will these billions of rupees come from? One thing is for sure, that these millions of dollars can not be spent through donations or party funds or by Fazal-ur-Rehman himself. According to the details of Election Commission of Pakistan, the total declared assets of Fazal-ur-Rehman are less than the expenses on his “million march”.
Fazal-ur-Rehman should give an explanation about the money that is going to be spent on the long march. Either the number of protesters that the JUI-F chief claimed is incorrect or if, by instance, it is correct, then who is spending millions of dollars on Fazal-ur-Rehman’s long march? Is it someone within the country, if yes then people must have known about that or are there any foreign agencies involved behind it.