Najam Sethi has been a prominent media figure and journalist whose political analysis is followed with great enthusiasm in Pakistan. Graduating from Government College, Lahore in the year 1967, he went on to acquire a degree in economics from the prestigious Cambridge University, UK in the year 1970 and soon after enrolled for his PhD at the Clare College.
During the period of 1975-1977, Najam was politically imprisoned by the Bhutto regime for launching protests against army action in Baloch territories. In the Zia regime, he was imprisoned for a month for publishing Justice Munir's book 'From Jinnah to Zia' in which he admitted that giving legal status to Marshall Law was a mistake that led to Zia's emergence into power.
In 1989, he and his wife Jugnu Mohsin launched the Friday Times. In 1999, then-Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif sent him to prison on treason charges because Sethi had criticized him in his editorial. He then started 'Daily Times' (2202) and 'Daily Aaj Kal' (2008). In 2009, he joined Duniya News as a political analyst with his program airing three days a week. In 2011, switched to Geo News, providing his political analysis in a program called 'Aapas Ki Baat'.
He has two children - Ali Sethi, who is a published novelist and Mira Sethi, who works at the Wall Street Journal in New York.