THE Time magazine has published a list of worlds 100 most influential people. The magazine has named the people who most affected the world in its 'The 2009 Time 100 list. Pakistan Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani ranked 19th in that list. Writing about Gen Kayani, Chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen said I dont remember all the details of my first meeting with General Ashfaq Kayani, the Pakistan Armys Chief of Staff. But I do remember thinking. Here is a man with a plan, a leader who knows where he wants to go. He seemed to understand the nature of the extremist threat inside Pakistan, recognised that his Army wasnt ready to meet that threat and had already started working up solutions. So far hes done everything he told me he would do. He said he would provide the Frontier Corps with material support and strong leaders. He did it. He said he would send more Army troops to the northwest border region. He sent nearly 2,000. He said he would use those troops to go after Al-Qaeda and extremist groups in Bajaur and the Swat Valley. They have mounted several operations in just the past few months. Theres much more to do, of course. But I also think its important to look at what Kayani hasnt done. For starters, he hasnt let the Army meddle in politics. Kayani helped foster a peaceful outcome to last years constitutional crisis, but he did it in a way that was totally in keeping with his military responsibilities. He also hasnt let tension over the involvement of Pakistan-based militants in the Mumbai attacks spin out of control. General Kayani, 57, commands an Army with troops fighting in what President Barack Obama has rightly called the 'most dangerous place in the world. Hes lost more than 1,000 soldiers in that fight. He knows the stakes. Hes got a plan. Following is the list: Edward Kennedy, Gordon Brown, Christine Lagarde, Thomas Dart, Avigdor Lieberman, Joaquin Guzman, Nouri al-Maliki, Hillary Clinton, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Boris Johnson, Norah al-Faiz, Elizabeth Warren, Paul Kagame, Nicolas Sarkozy, Angela Merkel, Wang Qishan, Xi Jinping, David McKiernan, Ashfaq Kayani, Barack Obama, Builders & Titans, The Twitter Guys, T Boone Pickens, Ted Turner, Tessa Ross, Carlos Slim, Brad Pitt, Meredith Whitney, Suze Orman, Lauren Zalaznick, Timothy Geithner, Nandan Nilekani, Stella McCartney, Jamie Dimon, Sheila Bair, Alexander Medvedev, Alan Mulally, Robin Chase, Jack Ma, Bernie Madoff, Rush Limbaugh, M.I.A., Sam and Dan Houser, Kate Winslet, Werner Herzog, William Kentridge, Penelope Cruz, Lang Lang, John Legend, Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, Gustavo Dudamel, Jeff Kinney, Tavis Smiley, The View, Zac Efron, Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Jay Leno, AR Rahman, Judith Jamison, Heroes & Icons, Michelle Obama, Chesley B Sullenberger, Richard Phillips, Seth Berkley, Michael Eavis, Leonard Abess, Hadizatou Mani, Rick Warren, Van Jones, Somaly Mam, Rafael Nadal, Suraya Pakzad, Jeff Bezos, Tiger Woods, George Clooney, Brady Gustafson, Sister Mary Scullion, Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Palin, Manny Pacquiao, Nouriel Roubini, Amory Lovins, Jon Favreau, Dambisa Moyo, Dan Barber, Yoichiro Nambu, Roland Fryer, Martin Lindstrom, Barbara Hogan, David Sheff, Steven Chu, Paul Krugman, Connie Hedegaard, Daniel Nocera, Stephan Schuster and Webb Miller, Nicholas Christakis, Doug Melton, Paul Ekman, Shai Agassi, Nate Silver.