Saleem Safi

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Saleem Safi
Born7 March 1968
  • Journalist
  • writer
Years activepresent
EmployerGeo News
TelevisionGeo News

Saleem Safi (Urdu, Pashto: سلیم صافی) is a Pakistani journalist and talk show host for the show Jirga. He specializes in foreign policy, terrorism, Kashmir conflict, Afghanistan conflict and the politics of Pakistan. He is associated with Jang Media Group and hosts an Urdu talkshow on Geo News, called Jirga.

Early life and education

Saleem Safi was born on 7 March 1968. He belongs to the Mulagore tribe and hails from the Mardan District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan. He graduated from the University of Peshawar and is based in Islamabad.


Safi specialises in issues concerning Afghanistan conflict, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan's tribal areas.[1][2] He hosts Jirga, a talkshow on Geo. He also writes columns for the Urdu language newspaper Daily Jang and the English language The News International.

After his studies, Safi began his career as a reporter for NNI (News Network International) in Mardan. Where he rose to the post of Bureau Chief of NNI in Peshawar. As Bureau Chief, he covered all of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and Afghanistan. He started writing columns for national newspapers. From 2000 to 2008 Saleem’s columns in Daily Mashriq, Daily Aaj and Daily Pakistan were praised for their in-depth coverage of an emerging situation in the pre and post 9/11 scenario. Pakistani politics, foreign policy, Afghanistan and socio religious issues have all been discussed by him through his writings in more than one thousand columns.

In 2004 Safi published the book Afghanistan: The Role of US, Taliban and Pakistani Religious Parties. Saleem also started in electronic media following the media boom in Pakistan. He hosted his own prime time Pashto talkshow, Jirga from PTV Peshawar from 2002 to 2004. Due to popular demand he again started the show but on PTV World, "Saleem Safi Kay Saath" in Urdu in 2005 from Islamabad, which he hosted till 2008. From 2007 to 2008 he also hosted a talk show, Siyasat on the Pashto language TV channel Khyber.

At the end of 2008, he joined Jang Media Group and Geo TV as an anchor, columnist and analyst. He hosts a show with the name Jirga, and writes in the News and Jang with the same name. Saleem’s talk shows and documentaries are widely seen across the country. He has conducted interviews of many national and international leaders and stakeholders in the region such as Nawaz Sharif, Pervez Musharraf, Asif Ali Zardari, Hamid Karzai, Fazal-ur-Rehman, Gulbadin Hikmatyar, Burhanuddin Rabbani, Abdullah Abdullah and other political, religious and jihadi leaders.[1][3][4] He has hosted current affairs programmes on TV channels such as PTV News, the Pashto-language AVT Khyber and serves as the host of GEO News TV talk show Jirga.[5][6]

He has also written columns for the Daily Jang, an Urdu language newspaper.[7]


Saleem Safi is the author of many books.In 2014 he published his first book titled, "Afghanistan: US, Taliban, Aur Pakistan Ki Deeni Juma'aton Ka Kirdar (Afghanistan: The role of US, Taliban and Pakistan's religious parties)."[1] Saleem Safi's two books on the politics of Mian Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan have titled "Attok tha Adyala" and "Awar Tabdeeli Laayee gayee" respectively, have received much acclaim. Being a dominant voice for the Western Route of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) - a part of China's Belt and Road Initiative, Mr. Safi has published "CPEC-Aik Naya Syaasi, Maghashi awr Tazewerathy Game" in Urdu and "China Pakistan Economic Corridor- Myth & Reality" in English. He is currently working on books about the performance of Imran Khan's government and a critical look on the War on Terror.


  1. ^ a b c "Live blog with Saleem Safi". Herald (Dawn newspaper). 21 May 2012. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  2. ^ Afghan warlord 'aided Bin Laden' BBC News website, Published 11 January 2007, retrieved 14 August 2018
  3. ^ "Internal security: Policy a good step but devoid of substance, say experts". The Express Tribune (newspaper). 27 March 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Combating militant ideologies: State organs asked to put their acts together". The Express Tribune (newspaper). 12 October 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  5. ^ Nothing to be gained from standoff with institutions: Nisar Dawn (newspaper), Published 10 September 2017, retrieved 14 August 2018
  6. ^ Profile of Saleem Safi on website. Retrieved 14 August 2018
  7. ^ "Jirga with Saleem Safi". website. Retrieved 14 August 2018.

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