Ahead of the 70 year anniversary to mark Independence, Dawn.com asked its readers to rate past rulers of the country based on their time in power.
A snapshot survey conducted online in July this year listed each ruler with a rating scale of 1 (very poor) to 5 (excellent) for respondents to vote on.
The results, reflecting the views of Dawn.com's audience, is arranged in order of best to worst ruler below.
A total of 18,544 Dawn.com readers took the survey
1 - Liaqat Ali Khan
Highest ranked ruler of Pakistan based on an average of total responses
Liaqat Ali Khan was ranked number two (under Ayub) in KP, Punjab and 'Others' within Pakistan.
He was also ranked number two (under ZA Bhutto) by Balochistan respondents.
2 - Ayub Khan
Received the highest percentage of 'Excellent' votes (27%)
Ayub Khan was ranked the number one ruler by KP and Punjab respondents, slightly beating Liaqat Ali Khan.
Balochistan respondents ranked him two points below the average (from 2 to 4).
Unlike all the other locations, Balochistan had no military rulers in its top three.
3 - Pervez Musharraf
Musharraf was ranked two points lower than the average (from 3 to 5) by Balochistan respondents.
He was also ranked one point lower in KP and Punjab.
4 - ZA Bhutto
Last ruler to have a score above 'Average (3)' from total responses
ZA Bhutto was ranked the number one ruler by Balochistan respondents. In Balochistan, unlike all other provinces, the top 3 ranked rulers were all civilians.
He was ranked one point higher (from 5 to 4) by KP and Punjab respondents, beating Musharraf.
RANKED BELOW AVERAGE PERFORMANCE
5 - Benazir Bhutto
- Benazir was ranked third (up two points) by Balochistan respondents.
6 - Malik Ghulam Muhammad
7 - Nawaz Sharif
- Nawaz was ranked one point higher (from 7 to 6) by Punjab and Balochistan respondents.
8 - Ziaul Haq
Zia was ranked slightly higher (6 instead of 8) by KP respondents.
He was ranked slightly lower (9 instead of 8) by expats.
9 - Iskander Mirza
10 - Yahya Khan
- Yahya Khan was ranked bottom (from 10 to 11) in KP and Balochistan.
11 - Asif Zardari
- Zardari ranked the worst ruler in all locations except KP and Balochistan, where he rose one point, beating out Yahya Khan.