Survey results: Who has been Pakistan's best ruler?

Find out who scored high (and low) on our Rulers of Pakistan survey.
Updated Sep 05, 2018 01:05pm

Ahead of the 70 year anniversary to mark Independence, 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's audience, is arranged in order of best to worst ruler below.

Respondent demographics

A total of 18,544 readers took the survey

1 - Liaqat Ali Khan

Highest ranked ruler of Pakistan based on an average of total responses

2 - Ayub Khan

Received the highest percentage of 'Excellent' votes (27%)

3 - Pervez Musharraf

4 - ZA Bhutto

Last ruler to have a score above 'Average (3)' from total responses


5 - Benazir Bhutto

6 - Malik Ghulam Muhammad

7 - Nawaz Sharif

8 - Ziaul Haq

9 - Iskander Mirza

10 - Yahya Khan

11 - Asif Zardari

Updated August 29, 2017