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AP: Father of Orlando shooting suspect appears on program known for 'anti-US tirades'

Bomb disposal officers check for bombs at an apartment complex possibly linked to the fatal shootings at an Orlando nightclub, Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Fort Pierce, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

The father of the gunman in the Orlando shooting at a gay nightclub is Seddique Mateen, a native of Afghanistan who appears on a television program on broadcast on a California channel.

The show is known for "its anti-US tirades" and "pro-Taliban" remarks that are broadcast in the Dari language, according to a former Afghan official. The official spoke only on condition of anonymity because he did not want to be linked to coverage of the shooting.

Seddique Mateen is the father of Omar Mateen, who authorities say killed 50 people at the nightclub.

The official said Seddique Mateen's "Durand Jirga Show," is anti-Pakistan. The name of the show references the Durand line, the long disputed border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Seddique Mateen campaigned in the United States for current Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who appeared on his program in 2014. The program's studio has an address in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Seddique Mir Mateen has said that his actions had "nothing to do with religion."

Seddique Mir Mateen, told NBC News about his son seeing the men kissing a couple of months ago.

"We are saying we are apologizing for the whole incident," Seddique Mir Mateen said.

"We are in shock like the whole country."

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