A sentence from TE,however find no grammatical rules supporting the sentence. Thanks you in advance.
Many politicians, business people, intellectuals, journalists and even whisky-swilling generals would far rather a more secular Pakistan.
“Would rather” means “prefer” so:
......would rather (prefer) a more secular Pakistan (than)...
“I had enough of entertaining children and Ann would rather a house full of cats, dogs, with horses in the field”. From If It Wasn't for Bad Luck By Alan Crowe.