Check out this article in the WSJ. The author has an interesting proposal. He says “Buy Pakistan’s nukes!”
While President-elect Obama has talked about “taking out” identified targets if the Pak government was not willing to act, India has shown signs of flexing its muscles, and President Zardari has supposedly clamped down on terrorist groups, there appears to be no conclusive long term solution. The author does have an interesting and possibly workable solution.
The government of Pakistan would verifiably eliminate its entire nuclear stockpile and the industrial base that sustains it. In exchange, the U.S. and other Western donors would agree to a $100 billion economic package, administered by an independent authority and disbursed over 10 years, on condition that Pakistan remain a democratic and secular state (no military rulers; no Sharia law). It would supplement that package with military aid similar to what the U.S. provides Israel: F-35 fighters, M-1 tanks, Apache helicopters. The U.S. would also extend its nuclear umbrella to Pakistan, just as Hillary Clinton now proposes to do for Israel.
A deal such as this or a similar deal is probably the most viable suggestion seen in the media lately. It will hasten the peace in Kashmir as well and cut down on the growth of terrorism in Pakistan.