Akhtar Raza Saleemi Biography and Literary Work

Akhtar Raza Saleemi is a renowned Urdu poet and novelist. He is not only a significant writer of Urdu language, but he is also a well-known poet of some sub and regional languages of Pakistan. He earned his name in Hindko and Potohari languages also. Akhtar Raza Saleemi is not his original name instead of his by birth name is Muhammad Pervaiz Akhtar.

Akhtar Raza Saleemi is born on 16th June 1974 in Kekot a small village of Haripur district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Like the other Urdu poets and writers, he also received his early education from his native town. The role of his family is also crucial in his socialization because due to their guidelines and look after he became a well known literal personality in Urdu and some other regional languages.


Akhtar Raza Saleemi is a very popular poet in the areas of poems and ghazals. His written poems and ghazals appreciated by the majority of audience and readers. He has written a unique collection of books on poetry. He also has a distinguishing place in critical work.


After completing his initial and primary schooling, he moved to Karachi a well-known city of Pakistan. He completed his matriculation exams from Karachi. Later he decided to move to Islamabad the capital city of Pakistan. He went to Islamabad and settled permanently there. He did his graduation from Allama Iqbal Open University. After his graduation, he did his master from the University of Sargodha in 2011.


Akhtar Raza Saleemi is very young Urdu writer as compared to other prominent writers of Urdu. The young writer can influence the youth in a good manner because being a member of youth community he knows well about the needs and requirements of the youth majority. It is also essential that there is not a vivid generation gap between Akhtar Raza Saleemi and the youth. It also helped him to be prominent among the young people.

Saleemi has joined Pakistan Academy of Letters as an editor in Islamabad. As it has been discussed in the above paragraph, that he is very popular among the youth, so a young student of a master named Nazia Perveen did her master thesis in his poetry and career. She was the student of National University of Modern Languages. It shows his popularity in the youth community in Pakistan.

Admiration By other writers

The other known writer of Urdu has been admiring the work and critics of Akhtar Raza Saleemi. The work of ghazals of Akhtar Raza Saleemi is considered very difficult. According to one critic, Saleemi gave thought through his words. It inspires the people to think critically not only to read. Another critic is about to say that Saleemi’s work reflects the reality and dreams through poetry. His work also portrays the fine sharpness of his perception, clarity without any ambiguity.


He received Quaid e Aazam literary gold medal in 2009

Notable Work of Akhtar Raza Saleemi

  • Ikhtara2003
  • Irtafa2008
  • Khushbu marey saath chal pari hay 2009
  • Khaawab Daan2013 ( Urdu poetry)
  • Har paasey parchaanwaan maahra ( Potohaari poetry)
  • Ye wohi alfaaz hain (translations from Punjabi)
  • Jaage Hain Khawab Mein

At last, I hope you liked the biography and literary work of Akhtar Raza Saleemi. You may also want to read the life history of Akbar Allahabadi and Ashfaq Ahmed.

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