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 but 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; his birth name is Muhammad Pervaiz Akhtar.

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


Akhtar Raza Saleemi is a very popular poet in poems and ghazals. Most of the audience and readers appreciate his written poems and ghazals. He has written a unique collection of poetry books. He also has a distinguishing place in critical work.


After completing his initial and primary schooling, he moved to Karachi, a well-known city in Pakistan. He completed his matriculation exams in 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 graduating, he did his master’s from the University of Sargodha in 2011.


Akhtar Raza Saleemi is a very young Urdu writer compared to other prominent writers of Urdu. The young writer can reasonably influence the youth because, being a member of the 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 young people.

Saleemi has joined the Pakistan Academy of Letters as an editor in Islamabad. As discussed in the above paragraph, he is very popular among the youth, so a young student of a master named Nazia Perveen did her master’s thesis on his poetry and career. She was a student at the 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 result of the ghazals of Akhtar Raza Saleemi is considered very difficult. According to one critic, Saleemi gave thought through his words. It inspires people to think critically, not only to read. Another critic is about to say that Saleemi’s work reflects reality and dreams through poetry. His work also portrays the acceptable sharpness of his perception and clarity without any ambiguity.


He received the 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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