Wealth, especially of the black gold kind, is a wonderful thing to have. It spells power, leisure and an endless line of friends. Take the mad rush to Abu Dhabi, last week, of the who-is-who of Pakistani politics. The son of an oil Sheikh was getting married and at least two former Pakistani PMs dropped everything and rushed over to participate in the celebrations. Mian Nawaz Sharif went, followed by Kalsoom Nawaz. So did another former PM, Shaukat Aziz, and Humayun Akhtar, who always wanted to be PM but never quite made it. Ishaq Dar, the finance wizard, was there and so was Salman Taseer, another chartered accountant, now a toned-down Governor of Punjab. We hear that Sharif and Taseer nearly took the same flight till an urgent matter came up and NS had to reschedule his departure. Of course President Zardari had an invitation, but was an ocean away in cooler climes, where his minister was visiting a far more interesting event - a night at a strip joint with a brawl thrown in for kicks. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Word has it that Rehman Malik interrupted his foreign junket and flew back to Pakistan for a day. He was on his way to Peshawar for a ceremonial appearance to give some sound bites to the media just in case people thought that the Interior Minister was missing in action. At this point, Rehman got a call from an embattled PM who said something to the effect: "You don't know anything, you may as well go back to Paris since you are doing nothing." According to our mole, Rehman promptly took the PM's advice and boarded the first flight back. After all, a summer's day in romantic Paris is far more pleasant than a simmering day in an IDP camp near Peshawar. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * You can be the President's close friend and a banker turned industrialist as well, but that does not ensure you a smooth flight to Karachi. We hear that this industrialist, whose calling card has premium value in the current set-up, recently boarded a flight to Karachi. He had barely settled down in Club Class when a Maulana approached him and demanded that he vacate the seat. Maulana's disciples also joined in and hassled the industrialist, who refused to give in. Word has it that when the gentleman landed in Karachi, he found that Maulana's mureeds were waiting to give him a special seat. They pulled him out of his car and treated him to a sound thrashing. We hear that the President did call on his friend to console him, but there was no inquiry into the incident. Well, you can be the President's man but all the President's men are no match for a Maulana with a herd of followers.