Rumour has it that when Ms. Sherry Rehman handed in her bullet resignation, the person set to replace her was none other than Senator Money Bags (scion of a family that scored a hat trick in the recent Senate election). Unfortunately for him his candidacy was shot down with the uncharitable remark "It will be a clearance sale". However the Senator found another useful role. During Governor's Rule in the Punjab, the man had access to bags of money and moved into the CM House to do some serious horsetrading. Unfortunately for him the political climate had changed and there were no takers. Later when Shahbaz Sharif made his triumphant return to the CM House, he immediately asked where Senator Money Bags used to sit. When staffers pointed to a chair, SS reportedly remarked "Check it out for stuffed money". * * * * * * * * * * * We hear that the Manawan area (once home to the dacoit Nuri Nath) had a high rate of WAPDA electric cable thefts. It was quite routine for farmers and villagers to wake up in the morning to find their nearest electric pole minus the cable. However after the terrorist incident at the Mannawan police training school, this crime has registered a sharp decline. Apparently the locals are so jittery that the very sight of a person scaling a wall or climbing an electric pole has the police and vigilantes on the rampage and firing at him. A thief or a Wapda repairman (sometimes the same person) may only climb a pole at the risk of his life. Well every cloud does have a silver lining. * * * * * * * * * * * The SMS culture seems to be competing with the chat show culture in ratings. However, the SMS humour can be described as a little risqu. Some sample SMS circulated this week. One: "Message from a certain group, 'I like my women just as I like my cream, properly whipped'. Two: "If you are bothered by occasional or frequent constipation, repeat the following phrase three times in succession when symptoms occur 'My financial and personal well being is totally in the hands of Asif Ali Zardari, Yousaf Raza Gillani, Rehman Malik, Shaukat Tareen, Ahmed Waqar, Salim Raza, Salman Siddique etc'. If that does not scare the -- out of you then you are probably destined to be full of it for the rest of your life".