Father of Orlando shooter anti-Pakistan, Taliban sympathiser

Published: June 13, 2016
Screengrab of Seddique Mateen father of Orlando shooter

Screengrab of Seddique Mateen father of Orlando shooter

WASHINGTON: The Afghan-born father of Omar Mateen, the man police identified as the gunman who killed 50 people at a packed gay nightclub in Florida on Sunday, hosted a political show on an US-based Afghan satellite channel that took a hard anti-Pakistan line.

In an interview with NBC News on Sunday, Seddique Mateen, also known as Mir Siddique, said his son’s rampage had “nothing to do with religion.”

He described an incident in downtown Miami in which his son saw two men kissing in front of his wife and child and he became very angry.

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“We are saying we are apolosizing for the whole incident,” NBC News quoted him as saying. “We weren’t aware of any action he is taking. We are in shock like the whole country.”

Seddique Mateen lives in Florida, according to public records, but it was not immediately known when came to the United States. He did not immediately return messages left on his phone, which appeared to be turned off, or respond to an email.

Omar Khatab, the owner of the California-based satellite channel Payam-e-Afghan, said in an interview that Seddique Mateen occasionally bought time on his channel to broadcast a show called “Durand Jirga,” which focused in part on the disputed Durand Line, the frontier between Afghanistan and Pakistan demarcated by the Indian subcontinent’s former British rulers.

“Three or four times a year, he would show up in Southern California,” Khatab said in a phone interview on Sunday. “He’d talk for about two to three hours. He’d buy his own time and come here and broadcast and leave within a day.”

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Khatab said Seddique Mateen’s political views were largely anti-Pakistan.

One of Seddique Mateen’s videos refers to the “ISI” – the acronym for Pakistan’s main military-run intelligence service – as the “creator and father of the world’s terrorism.”

US officials have accused ISI of backing violence against US targets in Afghanistan, although Pakistan denies the allegations.

In one episode of the programme, named Durand Jirga, he declared his candidacy for the Afghan presidency, expressing his strong political views. In others, he spoke on various political subjects in the Dari language, expressed support for the Afghan Talbian  and even appeared to portray himself as the president, according to the Washington Post.

A US congressman said Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old Florida resident and US citizen, may have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State militant group.

US officials cautioned that they had no immediate evidence of any direct connection with Islamic State or other foreign extremist group, nor had they uncovered any contacts between the gunman and any such group.

Fifty-three people were wounded in the rampage. It was the deadliest single US mass shooting incident, eclipsing the 2007 massacre of 32 people at Virginia Tech university.

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Seddique Mateen interviewed Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in January 2014, according to a video posted on his YouTube channel. The interview touched on economic development and youth unemployment in Afghanistan. Khatab said Mateen conducted the interview in Kabul and brought it to California for broadcast.

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  • Expert
    Jun 13, 2016 - 11:30AM

    He has gone underground to collect evidence against ISI for this massacre Recommend

  • Mahmoud
    Jun 13, 2016 - 11:32AM

    His son was under Isis influence….So called Islamic State is loosing on all fronts,since it started exporting terrorism to Europe the group is loosing ground due to constant bombing from the coalition. This mad act will definitely seal the terrorists faith , their end is for very soon and Taliban will be targeted as well…From now on drones will be very active .Recommend

  • Point
    Jun 13, 2016 - 11:33AM

    These Afghanis will never accept any wrong doing. Somehow this guy will come with a theory that his son was infact a Pakistan and he adopted him!!Recommend

  • Faisal
    Jun 13, 2016 - 11:49AM

    So this man found the time to “report” and inform others but couldn’t keep his own house in order? That’s actually the story of Afghan government, they also have no order in their own house but think they know it all.Recommend

  • LOL
    Jun 13, 2016 - 11:53AM

    oh the irony mr mateen Recommend

  • hmmm
    Jun 13, 2016 - 12:12PM

    He is an Afghan sitting in USA, no different than afghanis in govt or in their military, they are obviously given money by USA and they will speak their language. It was USA who created Taliban and OBL in cold war, it was USA that bombarded their country after 911. Then how is Pakistan to blame ? Recommend

  • Chengez K
    Jun 13, 2016 - 12:50PM

    Like Father like son !!!Recommend

  • Zafar
    Jun 13, 2016 - 1:04PM

    @Point… good point. may be he didn’t know that his son is a Pakistani, like so many other Afghanis.

    What is the name “Pakistan”, it always sells. What anti-Pakistan motive has to do with Orlando shootings, I wonder?Recommend

  • Zen
    Jun 13, 2016 - 1:10PM

    When was the last time you accepted your wrong doings? In Pakistan anything and everything becomes a conspiracy.Recommend

  • imran
    Jun 13, 2016 - 1:16PM

    Afghans like massacre and killings. And they blame Pakistan for everything .
    Pakistan has not forgotten the Peshawar Massacre carried out by Afghans. Recommend

  • Faraz
    Jun 13, 2016 - 1:34PM

    Sounds like a mentally unhinged person, very much like his Ethnic Supremacist son who texted racist texts against blacks and other minorities to his white colleagues. This problem is endemic in Afghanistan, they think they are God’s greatest race. Not very different from white supremacists.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Jun 13, 2016 - 2:15PM

    How can he be anti-Pakistan when he was pro-taliban?Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Jun 13, 2016 - 2:45PM

    they think they are God’s greatest race. Not very different from white supremacists.ce

    No one race is superior to another but Afghans are caucasians and have escaped colonisation. There are too many of them in the USA and should never be taken for granted.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Humza
    Jun 13, 2016 - 5:15PM

    @Rex Minor: I sometimes wonder is pretending you are better is just a way of covering insecurity. Hiding in boats and trucks crossing borders and crying for asylum leaves a mark on the thinking of Afghan refugees. I have seen. The majority of Afghans in the West went abroad as refugees paying smugglers and not legal immigrants which would explain why many never had the skills to integrate and contribute to societies. Since a large number of Afghan refugees in North America, Australia and Europe are in isolated ghettos living on social assistance by not working, this no doubt contributes to their own sense of insecurity. What better way to overcome reality than to pretend they have never been conquered in Afghanistan. There is historical evidence to show the Afghans were taken over many times in history by Greeks, Persians, Sikhs, Brits the Soviets but no one thought there was anything worthwhile in that land so they didn’t stay. Nothing justifies the cowardly action of the shooter in Florida. His action was that of an insecure coward and authorities need to identify such people quickly.Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Jun 13, 2016 - 6:09PM

    men kissing before his kids and wife???? but BBC says he used to beat his wife and wife divorced him few years ago. Recommend

  • stevenson
    Jun 13, 2016 - 6:42PM

    @imran: An Afghan man killed his wife and three daughters in Canada for so called honour. An Afghan asylum seeker in Germany killed his Iranian host and he couldn’t blame it on Pakistan or anyone else. Afghans must accept there is something wrong in their culture. Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Jun 13, 2016 - 7:43PM

    FBI is already looking into Seddique Mateen’ finances and who was financing his anti Pakistan and pro-Taliban statements on his TV program. Some how I have this hunch that it may lead to a country east of Pakistan. No surprises in store. Recommend

  • IndianDude
    Jun 13, 2016 - 8:58PM

    Father seems like an intelligent man.Recommend

  • NDA
    Jun 13, 2016 - 11:07PM

    US better stop funding Afghan groups and individuals. These individuals make all sort of claims and do things to qualify for funds like this man Mateen who did few videos a year to prove he is doing for political reasons. A lot of Afghanis, Iranians are in this business. Recommend

  • Usman
    Jun 13, 2016 - 11:30PM

    Advertisement: Get dollars to speak our agenda. It is good business.Recommend

  • Abdullah khan
    Jun 13, 2016 - 11:43PM

    His father want to be the president of Afghanistan, he guided his son to sacrificed himself and killed the guys to gain the sympathies and support of Religious Afghans peoples for his presidency Recommend

  • Khilari
    Jun 14, 2016 - 1:08AM

    And you seem to be biased man!@IndianDude: Recommend

  • Duran
    Jun 14, 2016 - 1:31AM

    @imran: neither will Afghans forget the last 20 years of bloodshed and massacres carried out inside Afghanistan by groups that were funded and supported by Pakistan.. Tit for tat buddyRecommend

  • Duran
    Jun 14, 2016 - 1:37AM

    @hmmm: perhaps you need a brief education on history .. The Taliban are not the Afghan Mujahideen from the 80s .. The US had nothing to do with their rise to power.. The Taliban as a group came into existence in the 90s and consisted mostly of young boys who had received education and training in Madrassas in Pakistan.. The Taliban were and still are supported politically and financially by Pakistan’s security establishment (this is not even a debate anymore)Recommend

  • Randomstranger
    Jun 14, 2016 - 3:55AM


    You hit the nail on its head. This toxic hate seen in many expatriate Afghans is a way to cover up for their own insecurities. Their country is one of the most undeveloped in the world, and to make up for that, they start taking pride in arbitrary things like their over-exaggerated history and apparent “good looks”. Hence you see the Afghan diaspora involved on online racism and hate virtually all the time.

    Another reason for their could be their dismal average IQ of 75, as pointed out by Richard Lynn.Recommend

  • Jun 14, 2016 - 7:10AM

    He was mentally unstable but because he was Muslim it is politically incorrect in this Islam and Muslim hating west to say that he was mentally unstable. His father’s comments about gays will be punished by God shows he too is mentally unstable and also narcissistic to say such a thing after such an incident.Recommend

  • Afghan
    Jun 14, 2016 - 8:09AM

    What a mistake he should have send his son to pakistan :)Recommend

  • Abbassin
    Jun 14, 2016 - 10:43AM

    @Afghan: Another Ostrich with his head buried in sand. Your ignorance in this case is not a bliss, and from your comments it is evident that hate and prejudice knows no bounds. For record, you should know the guy was born and bred in New York, and the last time I checked NY. was in the US and not a city in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jun 14, 2016 - 11:19AM

    What amuses me is the so-called Afghan valor ! Basically they are good in fighting in wolf packs or a sneaky ambush in the dark, but when it comes to one on one out in the open, they tend to slink away. Good looks ? Perhaps, if one considers their Jewish facial structure and coloring to be so…However many beg to differ. Last but not least, when it comes to miserly habits and greed, the Afghans are second to none !Recommend

  • Duran
    Jun 14, 2016 - 1:21PM

    @Randomstranger: funny you mention that since Afghanistan and Pakistan are ranked the same (23rd) on Richard Lynn’s list with an average countrywide IQ score of 84.. Go look it up.. Or maybe you just like to purposely skew facts to make an invalid point Recommend

  • Duran
    Jun 14, 2016 - 1:52PM

    @Point: the same could be said of Pakistanis as well since we have a hard time accepting reality and always come up with conspiracy theories to justify all of our ills and blame others for our wrongdoings Recommend

  • Duran
    Jun 14, 2016 - 1:54PM

    @Stevenson: unfortunately the same kind of horror stories are heard about Pakistanis as well.. Very common to hear of Pakistanis committing crimes in Europe and North America in the name of honor Recommend

  • Duran
    Jun 14, 2016 - 2:03PM

    @Humza: can’t agree with you on the aspect of Afghan integration in the West since I can tell you from personal experience that Afghans seem to have integrated more into Western society than most Pakistani immigrants.. Also, what ample evidence are you referring to since all authenticated historical texts clearly refer to the fact that Afghans were never colonized or conquered by the Persians, Greeks, Brits, Sikhs or Mughals.. The Durand Line exists today bcuz the Brits could not move any further into Afghan territory even though they fought 3 wars against the Afghans (read more on the Anglo-Afghan Wars of the 1800s).. If Sikhs had ever succeeded in defeating Afghans/Pashtuns then Peshawar would have remained within the influence of Sikhs and not become a Pashtun territory..Recommend

  • Duran
    Jun 14, 2016 - 2:11PM

    @Haji Atiya: what’s amusing is your ability to present personal opinion as a fact.. miserly habits and greed are general descriptions of human characteristics that can be applied to any society including Pakistan.. As for Afghan Valor, I’m sure those that have had personal experiences with Afghans one on one will tell you how wrong you are in your analysis Recommend

  • Someone
    Jun 14, 2016 - 7:37PM

    Afghans integrating into Western societies? Now that is just not true. You need to work on developing your country. Don’t compare yourselves to Pakistanis or involve us in your disputes, we are miles ahead of you. We are not Afghanistan.Recommend

  • SNKN
    Jun 14, 2016 - 8:13PM

    It’s a strange world we live in… Afghans were accepted with open arms by Pakistan when tragedy struck Afghanistan… Almost 4 million Afghans were taken in and welcomed… Even today no less than 2 million are being fed and supported by our country…but what do you get in return from Afghanistan?? Unthankfulness, animosity, Machiavellian principles and people like ‘Duran’ who have been raised with false notions farthest away from decency, civility and the notion of peace and mutual co existence…

    My own father gave 150 acres of land to put up camp for Afghan ‘brothers’ … where they were sheltered and provided for almost 25 years…. It was in spirit of helping and welcoming our Afghan brethren… what do we get in return from this so called brotherly nation: Hate and spite… We don’t deserve this… Recommend

  • NDA
    Jun 14, 2016 - 8:23PM

    @Duran: They are Afghans , please take them back including the Afghan Refugees. Pakistan never wanted any Taliban or refugees on its soil. Pakistan never was and will not be interested in any of them.

    But do not get provoked by Indians who would want to push Afghans to the point of no return. THat will be bad for the region. Recommend

  • Duran
    Jun 14, 2016 - 10:02PM

    @NDA: sorry bro I have no interest in taking them back as I’m not Afghan, I’m a pure Pakistani just like you.. My comments were in response to the insults that people were making towards Afghans in general.. As a Pakistani Pashtun I consider my fellow Afghans and Pakistanis as brethren.. I’m sorry if you misunderstood my points..Recommend

  • Duran
    Jun 14, 2016 - 10:06PM

    @Someone: sorry but what I said was true.. My responses were only to highlight the contradictions in all the insults people were throwing at Afghans.. I think it’s important for Afghans and Pakistanis to rise above regional politics the games of their governments and look at each other as brethren..Recommend

  • Syed Shah
    Jun 14, 2016 - 11:22PM

    @Rex Minor:
    actually its a myth Afghans escaped colonization, they were defeated by many armies in the past, from Alexander the Great, to Persia, to Turks, to Mongols, to Sikhs, the British, the Russian and today the Americans control their nation…..but they are illiterate of their own past and like to show off and spread this myth of never been slaves, they have always been slaves of other nations, only recently their King was appointed by the British. Afghans are cunning and back stabbing.Recommend

  • NDA
    Jun 15, 2016 - 9:54AM

    @Syed Shah: Afghans’ backwardness is their strength, perhaps. But they are so entrenched in ignorance, they can not be pulled out of dark ages. Russian wanted to ‘civilized’ them , but got sorted out in the process. American came to rid the terrorists among them, got bogged down for ever, it looks.

    Now Indians are there with this ” Reverse Invasion” strategy.Let us see if they themselves do not lose the Hindu republic . Recommend

  • Gullu Badsha
    Jun 17, 2016 - 5:45AM

    He not only sounds like an idiot, he looks like one.Recommend

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