I agree with that. I'll alter my stance a bit.Ah, Bilal!
I have almost abandoned this forum. I say almost because I drop in now and then to remain updated on new developments (if any) & read comments & reviews from from few sane voices that exist here. For me you top these sane voices. But I respectfully disagree on your "deep strike" prediction solely based on the fact that while deep penetration strikes remain relevant the deep penetration strike aircraft (DPSA) are almost obsolete. What Pakistan actually needs is a future proof aircraft and the future continues to be multirole . But whatever multirole aircraft Pakistan acquires it must have the ability to instantly switch between different role at the push of a button, much like Gripen.
I think the next fighter needs to be capable of handling deep-strike to a noticeably better clip than the JF-17 and F-16. The 'heavyweight' thing is just my inference, but the PAF may be happy with a FC-31-sized fighter as well. If anything, a single platform fleet comprising of a FC-31-sized fighter could be the optimal.