Kayani is a powerful political factor in Pak: US

Pakistan`s Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani is a powerful political factor in his country, Obama Administration`s point man for Afghanistan and Pakistan has said.

Last Updated: Aug 14, 2010, 23:49 PM IST

Washington: Pakistan`s Army Chief General
Ashfaq Pervez Kayani is a powerful political factor in his
country, Obama Administration`s point man for Afghanistan and
Pakistan has said.

"He (Kayani) is an enormously powerful political
factor in the country. And we have extensive discussions with
him," Special US Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan,
Richard Holbrooke told the popular Charlie Rose Show in an
interview.

"General Kayani, first of all, he`s a very powerful
person and a very important fact, he was head of the ISI. He
also went to Fort Leavenworth Command and Control College and
is proud to say he is a member of the Fort Leavenworth Hall of
Fame (in Kansas).

Among general officers I`ve known, he`s a remarkable
strategic thinker. He`s very smart," Holbrooke said in
response to a question.

PTI