Born on 12 October, 1923, Akhtar Saeed khan was an Afghan descendant whose grandfather, Ahmad Saeed khan, was a jagirdar of the state of Bhopal and a patron of poets and writers. His family environment inspired him to write poetry at an early age.After receiving his early education from Bhopal, he passed his matriculation examination from Punjab University in 1940 and B. A. from Dayal Singh College in 1944. After getting his degree of L.L.B. from Aligarh Muslim University in 1946, he started practising law.