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Pakistan Observer - - IN­TER­NA­TIONAL -

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.

“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.”

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

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.

Mean­while, the ex wife of Omar Ma­teen said he was emo­tion­ally and men­tally dis­turbed with a vi­o­lent tem­per, yet as­pired to be a po­lice of­fi­cer.

Si­tora Yusu­fiy, the for­mer spouse of Omar Ma­teen, 29, iden­ti­fied as the shooter slain by po­lice at the end of Sun­day’s mas­sacre, also told re­porters in a news con­fer­ence aired on CNN that she was “res­cued” by fam­ily mem­bers from her ex-hus­band af­ter four months of a stormy mar­riage that ended in di­vorce.

He was a body builder and a se­cu­rity guard, a re­li­gious man who at­tended the lo­cal mosque and wanted to be­come a po­lice of­fi­cer.

Ma­teen had no crim­i­nal record, and pur­chased at least two firearms legally within the last week or so, ac­cord­ing to Trevor Veli­nor of the Bureau of Al­co­hol, To­bacco and Firearms.—Reuters/AFP

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