A newspaper like Hindustan Times found it fit to publish a report based on “anonymous” sources. This time it is about Musharraf staging an assassination bid on himself so that he can continue to prove his indispensibility to the Americans. The Americans do not need convincing; if the assassins had succeeded Pakistan would be in a nervous flux and the resulting instability would not be welcome in Washington, or New Delhi for that matter. Between a dicatorial Musharraf and a political vaccuum there is no doubt which one is more desirable (or less undesirable, depending on how you look at it). I agree with the Daily Times editorial
General Musharraf himself has crossed the Rubicon and now there is no going back. This incident has highlighted two levels of state practise: at the basic level, there is need to find out, arrest and try the perpetrators and their co-conspirators. But at the other, more general level, General Musharraf has to begin to think more seriously about the nature of the state itself and how to cleanse it of a poisonous streak in its mindset.
Those that peddle these conspiracy theories do great harm to the more dangerous truth – vested interests within the Pakistan army interested in rubbing out Musharraf, his policies and any peace overtures with India. Musharraf himself is either unable to overcome these interests or is unwilling to pick up a fight. That may change now.
Conspiracy theories can be damaging – and responsible mainstream media should desist from giving credence to unverified stories of anonymous origin.
Update: BBC reports that the bomb makers were sophisticated experts