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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 Jun 28, 2018 11:40am

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.


Respondent demographics

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


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



RANKED BELOW AVERAGE PERFORMANCE

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