Ever since his retirement in 2013 General Kayani has characteristically kept silent, avoiding the media and interviews. But earlier this week, the quiet general broke his silence, and headlines, defending his actions as the army chief in an interview to a Saudi news channel. He stated that an operation in North Waziristan could not be conducted during his tenure due to the fear that terrorism might spill-over to the settled areas of the country. This is an absurd claim. Was the military waiting for the spill-over to conduct an operation? What changed under Raheel Sharif?

The contents of that interview, however, did not address the most recent development in the Musharraf Case. In a statement recorded before the joint investigation team of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), the former President Pervez Musharraf described ex-army chief General Parvez Kayani as the principal offender in the case. He argues that Gen. Kayani, who became the Chief of Army Staff on November 27, 2007, did not revoke the emergency. Additionally, Musharraf insisted that in addition to Gen. Kayani he had consulted the senior military and civilian leadership, including the then Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, before imposing the emergency. Kiyani is yet to respond to this accusation.

Musharraf did not mean his accusations as an admission of guilt however, and maintains that the emergency was the right decision.

As much as we respect our military and its sacrifices, the 2007 emergency was not the right decision. The fact of the matter is that the emergency was not the brainchild of just one man, neither was it imposed without the support of the military, as well as civilian alliances- and thus there are many other offenders. We also know that the case is more about the ruling parties and a humiliated judiciary getting back at the General- thus Musharraf is the prime target. General Kayani could potentially have a lot to say on the issue, but would risk dragging himself back into the labyrinth.