Jameel Jalibi was born on 12 June 1929 in a Yusufzai family of Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh. His early schooling was in Aligarh. He matriculated in Saharunpur and did his Bachelor of Arts from Meerut College. One day before the partition of India, on 13 August 1947, Jalibi migrated to Karachi, Pakistan, where he continued his education and literary activities. He gained a Master of Arts, Bachelor of Laws degree and a Ph.D from Sindh University. He then worked for the Income Tax Department until retirement. In 1983 he became Vice-chancellor of Karachi University, where he remained until 1987, when he joined the Muqtadara Quami Zaban (National Language Authority). He enjoyed the company of Karrar Hussain, Sabzwari, Jalib Dehlvi and Ghayur Ahmed Ramzi. From 1950-54, he remained Co-editor of an Urdu monthly by the name of "Saqi" and wrote a monthly column "Baaten". He started a quarterly by the name of "Naya Daur"