Strategic choices: Aamir Sohail joins PML-N

Published: August 18, 2011
Calls Nawaz Sharif and expresses confidence in leadership of his party. PHOTO: TMN

Calls Nawaz Sharif and expresses confidence in leadership of his party. PHOTO: TMN


Well placed sources in the PML-N told The Express Tribune that former Test captain Aamir  Sohail was asked to join the party after a survey of youth revealed that PTI’s popularity hinges on Imran Khan’s career as a cricketer.

Sohail on Thursday announced that he was joining the PML-N in the ‘national interest’. Sources said that a survey taken under Khawaja Saad Rafique revealed that 80 per cent of the youth that joined PTI did so because they were fans of Imran Khan, the cricketer.

(Read: Imran Khan: From cricket hero to Pakistan leader?)

Sources said Rafique then recommended Sohail’s name as a counter to Khan’s popularity amongst youth.

Sohail, speaking with The Express Tribune, said that he had joined PML-N to help the country out of the current crisis. He said Nawaz Sharif’s interest in sports and his manifesto had also attracted him. He said Khan was inexperienced and could not lead the country out of crisis. Comparing Sharif and Khan, he said, the former was experienced and had a clear manifesto on how to bring the country out of the current quagmire while the latter was inexperienced and had no policy prescription. PTI Central Information Secretary Omer Sarfarz Cheema told The Express Tribune that Sohail’s entry in PML-N would not dent the PTI’s youth vote bank. He said no force would defeat the PTI in the next general election.

PML-N’s Central Information Secretary Senator Mushahidullah Khan told The Tribune that Khan would soon be exposed as someone furthering the agenda of the “establishment”. He said in 1997 Khan had demanded 50 seats from PML-N but the party offered him 10 seats. Khan, he said, had rejected the offer and decided to contest the election independently.  He added that Sohail was as popular amongst the youth as Khan was.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 19th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (74)

  • Abdul Rauf khan
    Aug 18, 2011 - 2:28PM

    is there nothing for him in the Pakistan Cricket Board now?Bold decesion for the bright future in the PCB.

    Abdul Rauf khan


  • muhammad haris
    Aug 18, 2011 - 2:38PM

    it is very good for pml n that party is gaining popularity amoung the people it means that people think that miyan nawaz sahrif and his party pml n is right choice for them. but what is the role of amir sohail in pml n and in the pakistani politics.this is the main question


  • Aug 18, 2011 - 2:53PM

    highly appriciated


  • kamran
    Aug 18, 2011 - 2:59PM

    @muhammad haris:
    New ideas new thinking


  • 3footninja
    Aug 18, 2011 - 3:07PM

    @muhammad haris:
    Which world are you living in muhammad haris??? PML-N gaining popularity??? That’s the second funniest thing i’ve heard all day – the first one being Amir Sohail’s joining of PML-N!!! Recommend

  • Bill
    Aug 18, 2011 - 3:07PM

    So PMLN gets a new opening batsman :-)


  • a.m.malik
    Aug 18, 2011 - 3:18PM

    This show the level of intellect of Mr. Aamir Sohail. Mr. Nawaz Sharif has experience but it is experience of failure. Good attempt to get something big in Cricket board. But who knows what would happen on election day with PML-N.


  • ali
    Aug 18, 2011 - 3:18PM

    Its a very poor decision from a famous cricketer, we dont think so that it will last a long , as PML N’s boat is sinking now , nawaz league dont have legal agenda , its now only a talkative party nothing more , no any action plan, its because they are enjoying the bigger share of this country as his brother is chief minister of punjab and holds almost 15 to 20 ministries himself . Aamir sohail must think again to join any political party , its not matter to share your view point on any single match , but in politics he has to face a new match every day.


  • Shafique Ilyas
    Aug 18, 2011 - 3:34PM

    Why has cricket become so politicised, Why cant we have an independant cricket board free of politics and political influences administered independantly by professionals and its own board. Why does every new political party in power have to bestow its man on top. this is ruining cricket and amir sohail’s move is another seed in its destruction.


  • Arshad Jamal
    Aug 18, 2011 - 3:41PM

    @muhammad haris: This is the sadest part that another party which is tried and tested twice, with no hierarchal changes what so ever is considering to be the next ruling party of this country !!!!! pity on the poor and villagers those have no other options due to the immense political pressure, and shame on those who have other options by still selecting these corrupt parties. Shame on U guys !!!!! Shame on us as a nation !!!!
    Amir Sohail wants to be the next “Ijaz Butt” , in the next goverment if PML(N) gets selected. Clever move by a clever person !!!!


  • Jimny
    Aug 18, 2011 - 3:45PM

    Aamir, before you accept anyone as your leader and pledge your allegiance to him, check his integrity. If nothing else, ask Nawaz Sharif to give you a reconciliation statement of his assets over the last 15 years.
    Nawaz may have done you a favour or two, or even promised to, but is he an honest man? It is easy to do favours using ill-gotten resources – do you really want to be beholden to such a person?


  • breitzer
    Aug 18, 2011 - 3:53PM

    I got this impression when he said in a political show that we need experience poltical party not new one…wah amir sahab we got some respect for you among us….but now lost…what a mess have you selcted for yourself…


  • Aadersh
    Aug 18, 2011 - 3:59PM

    Ahan…surprisingly he didn’t join Imran’s PTI…


  • Azeem
    Aug 18, 2011 - 4:20PM

    well, not a good decision. i m sure Amir Sohail will soon realize. As he is an angry man so i m sure he left the party with a Qurral.


  • Aug 18, 2011 - 4:30PM

    A Very good decision from Aamir Sohail…


  • Omair Shakil
    Aug 18, 2011 - 4:35PM

    He’s going to lose any credibility he had.


  • Waqar
    Aug 18, 2011 - 4:38PM

    It is his decision to do it


  • Sultan
    Aug 18, 2011 - 4:38PM

    Sohail wants good position in PCB IF PML N comes in shower or power…nothing else


  • Aug 18, 2011 - 5:01PM

    imran khan in leading pti, sarfaz in mqm, now aamir sohail in pml – n
    salman butt should go for PPP


  • Sulman
    Aug 18, 2011 - 5:05PM

    PMLN zindabad!


  • shafiq chughtai
    Aug 18, 2011 - 5:33PM

    a use less party and a pathetic decision


  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Aug 18, 2011 - 5:38PM

    Amir Sohail was a very rude and short tempered cricketer. Like Imran Khan, this guy has no manners and there is no place for him in politics. He must have tried to join PTI, but Imran cannot tolerate anyone famous in his party.


  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Aug 18, 2011 - 5:44PM

    @ Aadersh, Imran Khan has no party, its one man show and that man is hiding these days.


  • Aug 18, 2011 - 5:51PM

    New style of emerging to get the top position, if not any provincial or national seat,atleast to get place of Ijaz coming future,,,,,hahaha but he do not know PML.N no more to come in power..


  • ihtesham
    Aug 18, 2011 - 6:15PM

    For me its a bad decision, nawaz and all his fellows who are playing with destinies of pakistanis are sinking now. He should have joined PTI.


  • Scholar
    Aug 18, 2011 - 6:31PM

    Sohail has joined a drowning boat. No one needs the help of a political party to “serve” cricket. He can open an academy and train young people. IKhan has made SKMCH and NAMAL on his own responsibility.


  • Mansoor Cheema
    Aug 18, 2011 - 6:34PM

    He was good with post match Expert’s Opinion, i thought he speaks sense but this is a senseless decision. Sigh!! Serving your own prejudices.


  • bholoo
    Aug 18, 2011 - 7:04PM

    Anyone seeing one potential use Aamir Sohail would be of to PML n, some serious defaming allegations against IK, being former team mate would lend some “credibility” to these allegations? Or it it me only?


  • Bilal Niaz
    Aug 18, 2011 - 7:27PM

    Great decision…It will bring diversity in PML N.


  • Fawad Ali Shah
    Aug 18, 2011 - 8:01PM

    The only reason Nawaz Sharif invited Aamir Sohail into his party is to neutralize Imran Khan. Nothing else. Aamir Sohail has been a criticizer of Imran Khan on and off the field. Dirty politics Mr. Nawaz Sharif


  • Realist.
    Aug 18, 2011 - 8:13PM

    Your Decision Amir :)
    You’re ‘free’ to Join Anyone.
    Democracy Prevails!!


  • Usman
    Aug 18, 2011 - 8:18PM

    He is one of the biggest critics of Imran Khan … I think, PML-N will use him to level allegations against him … MQM lured Sarfraz Nawaz for the same reason :)


  • Nasir
    Aug 18, 2011 - 8:44PM

    A shrewd decision considering his IQ level but he doesn’t realize that the time has come for the people of Pakistan to wipe out this juggernaut of political mafias !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • Javed
    Aug 18, 2011 - 8:56PM

    Aamir, you must read this article – you must do the right thing for yourself and for the good of your people. Please open your eyes my friend!


  • Hamza
    Aug 18, 2011 - 9:28PM

    I don’t think Sohail has to offer anything to Pakistan. I’m still voting for the original ‘captaan’ : ). Long live Imran Khan.


  • Imran
    Aug 18, 2011 - 10:56PM

    Aamir sohail is probably inspired by N taxi scheme


  • Shah Rukh
    Aug 18, 2011 - 11:19PM

    Imran Khan is much better than Nawaz Sharif…..


  • choudhry
    Aug 19, 2011 - 12:41AM

    well, Aamir sohail deserve pakistan tehreek i Insaf..
    i personally like him halot as a personality
    coz he always speak truth.\
    but he joined a corrupt party, that is a wrong decision from him, he should think about this, His right place is pakistan tehreek i insaf


  • Waqas Ahmed
    Aug 19, 2011 - 1:04AM

    These PMLN are a bunch of jokers really.


  • Aug 19, 2011 - 1:46AM

    This reminds me of the saying, ” Jaisi Rooh, Waisaa Farishtaa “


  • Abdul Rahman Khan
    Aug 19, 2011 - 3:16AM

    Seeing Imran Khan’s ever increasing popularity among the broad masses of people, the nawaz camp has brought in aamir sohail to counter Imran Khan and stem his popularity. A weak captain against a heavy weight captain. Undoubtedly, Aamir Sohail spoke against the corruption in both players and the board- a limited fight from drawing room while Imran Khan the great is exposing the corruption of tried and rejected politicians including nawaz sharif and the present rulers including Zardari in big public meetings. Aamir Sohail better not involve in dirty game and malign Imran Khan. Make sure that the nawaz camp doesn’t use you (AS) for this dirty game.


  • asmarah sher
    Aug 19, 2011 - 3:17AM

    i think amir sohai impressed by (pmln) when he participated javaid ch’s programme (kal tak) with ahsen iqbal the (pmln leader),anyhow i dont like this, Amir should join Imran khan so that both former captains may clean bold the corrup government.


  • Kasif
    Aug 19, 2011 - 5:49AM

    There’s no comparison. Imran Khan is a legend who managed to win the world cup and he a hot head who buckled under pressure in the quarterfinal in Bangalore. He practically gave his wicket away. They should actually get Sarfraz Nawaz who is more close in ethos to Naql League than Amir Sohail.


  • Adil Islam
    Aug 19, 2011 - 5:52AM

    LOL Afridi was right. He is a ‘ghatya’ insaan.


  • mannan
    Aug 19, 2011 - 6:57AM

    It simply shows the fear of popularity of IMRAN KHAN


  • Karachite
    Aug 19, 2011 - 7:20AM


    This makes absolute sense! Good thinking


  • Karachite
    Aug 19, 2011 - 7:21AM

    well said :)
    What will become of Raja zafarul haq now :)


  • Adil
    Aug 19, 2011 - 8:34AM

    There is no doubt about that Amir was a good player and he has a good prestige amongst the youth like Khan but keep in mind that Khan is the person who gave world cup to Pakistan. PML N has done a good move but to gain the vote bank of youth like Khan they need a lot of efforts. It is also a fact that youth likes Imran Khan more as crickter rather than a politician and Khan alos dont have the strong and competitive team to run the political system of Pakistan. But I also personally wants a big change now in the political system and Khan should be given the chance to lead Pakistan’s politics. Best of luck Imran Khan…May GOD give you strength to fight with the corrupted system of Pakistan….


  • asif
    Aug 19, 2011 - 10:37AM

    Aamir Sohail VS Imran Khan… a mismatchRecommend

  • kamran
    Aug 19, 2011 - 10:54AM

    I think we all missing one bitter reality imran khan is gainning good reputation amoung voters but it will help PPP and PML Q Because imran khan is anti nawaz sharif and sharif brothers vote bank suffer the situation will out of 100 twenty five vote to imran khan 25 vote to N-league and balance vote to PPP AND MQM OR PLL-Q By there seat adjustment formula be realistic imran khan not get all 100 vote


  • Abrar R
    Aug 19, 2011 - 10:55AM

    PML N must have tried to lure someone better but wouldve caught hold of Aamir only. Aamir denting the youth votebank? This is daydreaming, if anything.

    No youth even cares who Aamir is.


  • Asad Shairani
    Aug 19, 2011 - 2:25PM

    Aamir Sohail to counter Imran as a popular cricketer! What a joke!


  • koks
    Aug 19, 2011 - 3:24PM

    Good news for PML-N —.Nawaz has an opening batsman and even an opening bowler against Imran Khan.

    Wouldn’t’ it be super-duper if Javed Miandad joins Nawz League.It would add to his strength as a cricketer as well as corrupter of our country.


  • Majid
    Aug 19, 2011 - 5:16PM

    Are we now selecting politicians based on their career as a sportsperson? It seems that politics in Pakistan revolves around personality cults, not policies and agendas.


  • sabwoon
    Aug 19, 2011 - 5:30PM

    So many times I heard Aamir praising IKhan for his great captaincy. Every body saw aamir was brilliant when he was under Khan’s captaincy. But it is also a fact that his ending was quite disappointing. Lets see what he achieves under Nawaz leadership. For sure more failures are ahead of him.Recommend

  • Honest
    Aug 19, 2011 - 8:57PM

    He will be used to malign IK as he played under IK captaincy, little that NS know that this mediocare cant even compete with players like Parasad, IK is too big a person for him. He used to stay hours in line just to talk to IK now NS thinks that he is good to compete IK. Recommend

  • Chaudhry
    Aug 19, 2011 - 9:56PM

    Good move by PMLN;he is a little bit rude,but at the same time he is not corrupt.
    Good addition to politics.I congratulate Sohail for joining PML(N) and demands him to work hard for the betterment of sports in pakistan.I hope he will do it elegantly.His views are more authenticated than Imran Khan!


  • HRK
    Aug 19, 2011 - 10:11PM

    So after retirement our cricketers’ career paths either go to “tableeghi jamaat” or a “syaasi jamaat”. Wonder why Ijaz Butt got stuck with cricket to ruin our nation =(

    P.S. is PML-Q already talking to Ventakesh Prasad through their “mafaahmati policy”?


  • sajid ali
    Aug 19, 2011 - 10:24PM

    This decision of Amir sohail shows two things
    1: AAmir sohail is against imran khan’s campaign against corrupt politicians especially the big two.he does not favor imran’s demand that both should declare their ill gotten assets and that his personal grudge against the great khan is making him sacrifice the biggest issue of pakistan which is corruption.i must add that i liked A S as a straight froward cricketer who loves his country but this sad decision of hiz has made me think otherwise.he has fallen down of the padestal that he was on in my eyes.
    2: n sharif is desperate to counter the ever increasing popularity of kimran khan among the youth of pakistan and he probably wants aamir sohail to level allegations against imran khan and thus smear his character.
    whatever those shameless so called leader do they r not going to stop the youth of pakistan love imran khan coz imran khan speaks their voice and together with imran khan’s wisdom and sheer determination we are going to take PAkistan out of this quagemire in which pakistan finds itself because of political parties
    i want to tell all the ex famlous cricketers of pakistan that if they love their country in true sense please come forward and join forces with imran khan however if they dont join PTI then dont become a poor A s or sarfar nawaz.
    i must tell nawaz sharif that the youth of pakistan loves imran khan not only because he won us world cup but becoz he is the only leader who talk sensibly and has the courage and determination to speak truth.He has gifted pakistan cancer hospital and numal colege
    and he is going to befree the nation of all the eveils that prevail in our country
    mr NAWAZ sharif if u hire even the whole cricket team players u r gona fail coz AIK imran sab pe bhari OS k saath hay qom hamaree
    long live IMRAN khanRecommend

  • saher
    Aug 19, 2011 - 11:39PM

    can’t stop laughing!!


  • guest
    Aug 20, 2011 - 1:40AM

    @fabclub…….sorry that he did not get an advice from you.


  • RP
    Aug 20, 2011 - 11:04AM

    I think anybody who supports PML (N) or PTI would agree that another term for the PPP is the worst thing that can happen to this country. If these two parties continue to spend their energies fighting each other this is exactly what is going to happen. I hope some sense gets into the leadership of both parties before the elections and they find a way to co-exist and block the real threat that looms large.


  • Aug 20, 2011 - 2:49PM

    ajeeb dastan hai kahan shuru kahan khatam.

    It seems like Aamir Sohail and Imran Khan doesn’t enjoy good relations. datz why he will suppose to join the pmln.
    and attacked on imran bhai that he is not a leader, youth love him because he was great cricketer and legend instead of good leader/politician.

    AYAZ BUKHARI Recommend

  • Khalid Aziz
    Aug 20, 2011 - 3:35PM

    If imran khan can be neutralized by Aamir SOhail, then Allah hee khair karey PTI ka!!!


  • Ali Islam
    Aug 20, 2011 - 4:05PM

    Amir sohail PMLN
    Imran Khan PTI
    Sarfaraz Nawaz MQM

    So next time we’ll see which political parties fighting for the chairman PCB position.


  • Azmat Ali
    Aug 20, 2011 - 6:08PM

    Aamir Sohail is not only a former cricketer but also a good Analyst and ultimately an intelligent person. He has a good view on today’s Political and Economical Situation.
    And his decision of joining PML-N is appreciable, because only PML-N have the team who can give direction to the country’s Economy and well being.
    Imran khan is good person, but we should see and face the facts, he has no team and i think you should have teams for the country’s Economical, Industrial, Political, Foreign Policy, Interior Management, Health and Education departments.
    So i am asking a question from all What Imran Khan has???? are there any Researchers, Scholars, Politicians, Economical Think tanks, Health and Educational experts in PTI ???

    I think anwer will be NO.
    And one man cannot handle the whole country.
    And when you search all these in all political parties, only PML-N has all of them.
    Pmln have the workout, research and Implementation process… so we should support ….


  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Aug 20, 2011 - 9:21PM

    @Shah Rukh, you are right, Imran Khan is much better than Nawaz Sharif. but only as a cricketer, unfortunatley in next one or two years,, we are not having any cricket match. It will be a political match and in game of Politics, there is no comparison between Nawaz Sharif and Imran, Nawaz Sharif will not allow Imran to improve his previous score of just one run.


  • ahmed
    Aug 21, 2011 - 4:10AM

    A 25 year old person wouldn’t remember Imran Khan playing days because he or she would be too young when he played. So the logic that youth supports Imran Khan because he was a cricketer makes no sense. If this logic was true 50 year olds would’ve made bigger PTI supporters.

    Only reason why the youth supports Imran Khan is because they are more perceptive to the message of change then the older generation


  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Aug 21, 2011 - 9:06AM

    If Aamir had joined PTI, then he would have been second famous person beside Imran in entire PTI. One thing which astonishes is that why a single national cricketer has not joined PTI.


  • khan
    Aug 21, 2011 - 10:03PM

    This is ridiculous now Sharief Brothers are playing dirty by joining Aamir Sohail in the club of nasty group just for the sake of spoiling Imran Khan’s vote bank and expecting Aamir Sohail to perform that role if Aaamir do that then its shame for him as well that he had joined PML-N. He will loose his popularity only because of he is supporting those who had stood Pakistan/us at current stage.
    (* Aamir sorry for you; You will always be remember as traitor of Pakistan and its people and will loose ur image and respect by joining hands with other traitors)
    Feel pitty for Aamir Sohail


  • stumpy786
    Aug 23, 2011 - 3:05AM

    everybody is entitled for their opinion fine but one thing people cant see imran khan says he would wipe out corruption in 100 days guys plz ask him about the plan he has got. there is no way corruption could be wiped out in hundred days. he is just a facade created by the agencies.aamir for sure is an honest man and he will never sell himself. he mentioned pakistani sports to be back on track never said cricket and he said pakistani sports people should be given enough to support themselves. did he ask for anything for himself respect his views. he wants to give them a road map. he left cricket board himself he could have tagged along like javaid miandad and othrs but he did not he is a forth ight human being.


  • Rizwan
    Aug 23, 2011 - 8:26AM

    I think we all missing one bitter reality imran khan is gainning good reputation amoung votersRecommend

  • kamran
    Aug 23, 2011 - 9:48AM

    What happend if imran fail to run the govererment after he won thw election as far as his career concern he is not winner of every match he palyed as captain


  • Nawaz S
    Aug 25, 2011 - 3:37AM

    Why does everybody with FAKE HAIR join PML-N. ? Recommend

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