Omar Mateen’s father, Seddique, was known to some of the world’s Afghan exiles from a TV show he hosted on a satellite network, Payam-e-Afghan. Seddique Mateen, 59, flew from Florida to California every three months to film broadcasts at the channel’s Canoga Park studio, according to network owner Omar Khatab.
The show, "Durand Jirga," focused on politics in Afghanistan and often what the elder Mateen saw as the meddling of Pakistan in his homeland’s matters, Khatab said. Mateen, 59, did not discuss Islam, he said.
“He is not a religious guy. He’s a secular guy,” Khatab said. “He loves America. He has been here a long time. He was a nice guy.”