According to a news report, Pakistan has decided to launch an air and ground military offensive in North Waziristan. We launched a similar military operation in East Pakistan in 1971, resulting in the breakup of the country for the sole reason that the local population was infavorof political settlement and not the one with the barrel of the gun. Why will the action on North Waziristan be an exception? The problem with history is that it repeats itself with poetic precision. DR. IRFAN ZAFAR, Islamabad, June 3.