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

Find out who scored high (and low) on our Rulers of Pakistan survey.
Updated Dec 04, 2017 04:53pm
  • 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