PRIME Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani cannot be blamed for exaggerating the situation when he told a press conference, after he had presided over a special session of the Federal Cabinet on Saturday, that launching the military operation against militants holding sway in Swat was a matter of survival for Pakistan. There was no disputing his point that the government was left with no option but to resort to the use of force after the failure of the peace accord caused by militants' refusal to lay down arms. The Cabinet endorsed the military action aimed at wresting back the control of Swat from insurgents, but cautioned the government to ensure that it ends soon with minimum collateral damage. It was good to hear from the PM that there was no truth in the reports about capping our nuclear programme. Mr Gilani had to do a lot of explaining to dismiss the perception that the operation had been launched under immense pressure from the international community that coincided with President Asif Zardari's visit to Washington. But he would find few takers for his view that it was not possible to take the Cabinet and Parliament into confidence before launching the offensive, especially amid media reports that the decision had been taken well ahead of the President's departure for the United States. The Obama Administration started mounting pressure on Islamabad to renounce the peace deal signed between the NWFP government and the Tehrik Nifaz-i-Shariat-i-Muhammadi in February this year. It appeared to be carrying on the legacy of the combative Bush regime that remained averse to the idea of any negotiated settlement with elements, whom it continued to accuse of sponsoring extremism across the border. Mr Zardari's pledge to take the ongoing military offensive in Malakand Division to its logical conclusion notwithstanding, he should also have lodged a protest over the continuing drone attacks in the tribal areas during his meetings with President Obama and other officials of his Administration. It was about time that the Americans were told in no uncertain terms that the frequent violations of our airspace by the Predators flown from Afghanistan could not be tolerated. There is no doubt that the latest military offensive against insurgents has been launched with greater public backing than the previous two actions conducted before the signing of the peace accord. But while tackling the growing insurgency, the government need not lose the focus of taking appropriate measures for the rehabilitation of the millions of internally displaced persons that has turned out to be a serious humanitarian crisis. The government should ensure proper management of resources, funds and manpower to make their stay in the camps as comfortable as possible. Donor agencies and foreign governments should also be approached to extend help.