But how will the Pakistani's be able to afford their massive army and their on going paranoid fancy that the Indians are secretly out to get them? They might even have to cut their funding of terrorist groups or is that ringfenced?
I couldn't agree more. Self-serving lazy thieving untrustworthy fanatical hypocrites.
We should probably ask for our £680 million in aid back, seeing as the likelihood of them actually fighting terrorism is slim to none. It serves their state desires too well to quash it, the odd VBIED and Bn level sweep through the NWFP is definitely worth the billions of Greenbacks that Uncle Sam sends over every year.
They will to an extent but it won't be the blank cheque that Uncle Sam hands over, the Chinese know exactly what Pakistan is and how it works, they have no illusions about supportuing human rights or an open democratic society.
Edited to add; the news (both left and right) keeps saying that only 1% of Pakistan pays tax hence their huge Military only really exists because of Western aid, thus the Pakistani Defence Dept has a vested interest in keeping the 'War on Terror' & Afghanistan almost boiling as a way to keep meeting the payroll.
Beijing won't be taken in by that gambit; providing a strategic balance against India - yes, destablising the whole region as a way of justifying your existance - no.