He belongs to Memon, Muhajir family and lives in PIB Colony of Karachi, a modest and lower-middle income class area. A former mayor of Karachi, he was the youngest mayor in its history when he was elected at age 28.
He has also served as Provincial Minister in the Sindh Cabinet for Local Bodies and is one of the senior Members of the MQM Co-Ordination Committee. Dr Farooq Sattar is also heading Foreign Relations Committee in the Senate.
Born in Karachi, Sindh, on April 09, 1959, Muhammad Farooq Sattar has been elected MNA as an MQM Candidate. He was returned to the National assembly in the by-elections following the death of the former MNA from the constituency. He is presently serving as the Leader of his parliamentary party in the National assembly.
A medical doctor by profession, he received his M.B.B.S degree from Sindh Medical College in 1986. He was previously elected as MNA for the terms of 1988-1990 and 1990-1992; and as MPA Sindh assembly for 1993-1996, and 1997-1998. He has also served as Mayor Karachi from 1987 to 1992.
Married, he is the father of two daughters. His interests include reading books and public welfare.
On 16th March 2008 he was nominated as Prime Minister of Pakistan candidate by the opposition parties in Pakistan.