Orlando shooting suspect’s father pretends to be Afghanistan’s president

Orlando shooting suspect’s father pretends to be Afghanistan’s president

The father of Omar Mateen, the man who killed and wounded dozens of people at a gay club at Orlando, Florida, early Sunday morning, is from Afghanistan and openly supports the Afghan Taliban.

In a video he posted on social media last Saturday, ahead of the nightclub massacre, he apparently portrayed himself as the president of the militancy-hit Asian country of Afghanistan.

Seddique Mateen, who was also referred to as Mir Seddique, hosted the Durand Jirga Show on Payam-e-Afghan channel, which broadcasts from the U.S. state of California. The video shows the elder Mateen speaking in the Dari language on a range of political subjects. A phone number and PO address displayed on the show were traced by investigators back to the Mateen’s home in Florida.

Mateen, who also owns an NGO under the name Durand Jirga, expresses gratitude toward the Afghan Taliban and denounced the Pakistani government.

Praising the Afghan Taliban, he says, “Our brothers in Waziristan, our warrior brothers in [the] Taliban movement and national Afghan Taliban are rising up. Inshallah the Durand Line issue will be solved soon.”

In the video was posted on Facebook page stating Provisional Government of Afghanistan — Seddique Mateen. He seems to be pretending to be the Asian country’s president, ordering the arrest of a number of Afghan political figures.

The video was posted just before the Orlando nightclub shooting, in which his son Omar Mateen killed 50 people and wounded another 53, before being shot and killed by police.