Akhtar Raza Saleemi

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Akhtar Raza Saleemi
اختر رضا سلیمی
Born (1974-06-16) 16 June 1974 (age 43)
Kekot, Haripur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Occupation Poet, Novelist

Akhtar Raza Saleemi (Urdu: اختر رضا سلیمی‎) is a Pakistani Urdu, Hindko and Potohari poet, novelist, writer, critic and editor. His birth name is Muhammad Pervaiz Akhtar (Urdu: محمد پرویز اختر‎).[1] [2][3][4] He is a recognized poet of both gazal and nazm.[5] He has published several poetry books and has been appreciated for his work by critics.[3][6]

Early life and career[edit]

Saleemi was born on 16 June 1974, at Kekot, a village of district Haripur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. He received his early education from his native village. Later he moved to Karachi. He completed his matriculation certificate there and moved again to Islamabad and settled there. He graduated from Allama Iqbal Open University. He also did his Masters from University of Sargodha in 2011.He joined the Pakistan Academy of Letters in Islamabad as an editor. A Master's level thesis has been done on his poetry and career from National University of Modern Languages (NUML) by a student Nazia Perveen in 2009.[2] Saleemi has been praised and admired by various writers and critics,[3][7] and about his poetry a critic writes; "Saleemi has chosen a difficult genre of ghazal. It goes without saying that it is very hard to compose effective couplets. He prefers thought to the word".[3] Another critic wrote,"Saleemi portrays a unique blend of reality and dreams expressed with exacerbated sensibility, fine sharpness of his perception, clarity and splendour of his language."[8]


  • Quaid e Aazam literary gold medal for 2009[1]


  • Ikhtara 2003[2] اختراع
  • Irtafa 2008[2] ارتفاع
  • Khushbu marey saath chal pari hay[2]…2009خوشبو مِرے ساتھ چل پڑی ہے)
  • Khaawab Daan 2013[2][5][8] (خواب دان) ( Urdu poetry)
  • Har paasey parchaanwaan maahra[2](ہر پاسے پرچھاواں مھاڑا) ( Potohaari poetry)
  • Ye wohi alfaaz hain[2](یہ وہی الفاظ ہیں) ( translations from Punjabi)
  • Jaage Hain Khawab Mein(جاگے ہیں خواب میں)[9]


  1. ^ a b "Writer's Directory,Pakistan Academy of Letters". 24 October 2013. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Introduction-Akhtar Raza Saleemi". Global Urdu Forum (Urdu encyclopedia). Retrieved 23 September 2012. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d "Saleemi's poetry praised". Daily Times.com.PK. 16 February 2008. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Book reading culture needs to be encouraged". Daily Nation.com.PK. 20 April 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Dream & Reality". Pakistan Today. 13 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "اختر رضا سلیمی ۔۔۔تحیر کے چاک پر بیٹھا منفرد کوزہ گر". Urdu Sukhan.com. 19 April 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "لکھنے والے کی تکریم کرنیوالا معاشرہ ترقی یافتہ کہلاتا ہے". ACE News.com. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Khawab Daan: Poetry as a mirror of evolving consciousness". The News International. 22 September 2013. Archived from the original on 9 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Novel with 1,001 unique covers launched". 8 April 2015. 

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