Saleem Safi was born in District Mardan of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa(Pakistan). He did his Bachelors from the University of Peshawar. After his studies he started his career as a reporter for NNI(News Network International) in Mardan. Based on his exceptional skills and keen eye for news he quickly rose to the post of Beauru Chief of NNI in the key city of Peshawar. As Beauru Chief he was covering all of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, FATA and Afghanistan. He was one of the youngest people ever to hold that position. After a very successful and impact full time as a journalist he started writing columns for national newspapers. From 2000 to 2008 Saleem’s columns in Daily Mashriq, Daily Aaj and Daily Pakistan were not only widely read but widely hailed as bringing facts and 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. His in depth understanding of the issues in the region made him a valuable reservoir of knowledge specially in the post 9/11 context.
In 2004 Saleem’s first book, Afghanistan: The Role of US, Taliban and Pakistani Religious Parties, received wide spread acclaim and he became a successful author. He is in the process of writing his second book. Saleem also started in electronic media following the media boom in Pakistan. He hosted his own prime time Pushto talk show, Jirga from PTV Peshawar from 2002 to 2004. Due to popular demand he again started 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 Pushto language tv channel, Khyber.
At the end of 2008, he joined Pakistan’s largest media group Jang and Geo TV as an anchor, columnist and analyst. He is currently hosting a show with the name of 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 hard hitting 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. Saleem is working on new initiatives to further his work.