Lahore, Sep 26(ANI): Pakistan Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Ashfaq Kayani has been ranked higher than Pope Benedict XVI and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown in a list published by a British political magazine, which highlights 50 individuals who have been instrumental in having an impact in today's scenario around the world.
New Statesman's list of "50 People Who Matter Today", has the Obamas as the most influential people in the world, while Kayani has been ranked at 24th position, way ahead of the Pope or Brown, The Daily Times reports.
According to the magazine, Kayani and his troops remain the dominant power in Pakistan, which has been fighting terrorism and the Taliban in parts of the country.
The magazine also highlighted that Kayani's a low profile and his ability to stay away from meddling in politics has been a significant factor for him making it to the list.
However, it adds, "given how many army chiefs have become president, he may not keep a low profile for long". (ANI)