Pakistan has experienced four military governments during the past 68 years of its existence. The democratic process was repeatedly interrupted and political leadership, therefore, could not develop through a normal democratic process.
Most of the time it was either the military generals or the handpicked civilians propped and promoted by military governments that ruled the country. Some of these favourites of military later evolved into popular political leaders in their own right. Under such uncertain environment it was not only difficult but also hazardous to try to identify the potential future political leaders of Pakistan. Now that the current democratic spell is about to become the longest in the country’s history in between two military interventions, it may be the right time to map the future political leadership of Pakistan. This mapping exercise is not just about Who are most likely going to be political leaders in future but also Who have the potential to be the future political leaders.