United State’s fall out in relations with Pakistan will be an opportunity for China. When you hear Chinese come out of their to snub west by telling them they “must respect” Pakistan’s sovereignty. It is not unusual for Pakistanis to turn towards Riyadh or Beijing when their belt is tightened elsewhere. You will always find Pakistani leaders rushing to catch the next flight to Beijing or Riyadh when they see a crises emerging to work out a back up plan. With Senator John Kerry and then a series of other high officials started landing one after another in Islamabad it was clear that something is terribly going wrong there. Pakistani PM Yousaf Raza Gilani went off for a four-day visit to China right after that at a time when things were not looking very bright.
I am not going to talk about the political aspects of this relations or the fall out after Osama Bin Laden fiasco. What I am talking about is the emerging fortunes of people in the sub content region especially in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India and to some extent in Bangladesh. The reason for Bangladesh is that an increasing number of Pakistani industrial giants are winding up their businesses and moving to Bangladesh. The giants from the city of Faisalabad who have huge transport and textile business have already moved and within months one of Pakistan’s oldest textile and industrial star Kohinoor is packing its bags and moving to Bangladesh.