Afghan lawmaker Homa Sultani is no stranger to controversy.
Representing volatile Ghazni Province in the lower house of the Afghan parliament, the Wolesi Jirga or People’s Council, Sultani once claimed to have hosted and wept despairingly with fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Omar (who has since reportedly died).
In 2013, Sultani reportedly assaulted a policeman outside the Pakistani Embassy in Kabul, earning opprobrium for what the Afghan Interior Ministry described as “an illegal act.”
In 2016, Sultani was criticized after reportedly praising a suicide attack that killed seven employees of commercial broadcaster Tolo Television. The Taliban had claimed responsibility. Sultani had been quoted as calling the suicide bomber a “martyr” and his victims “bastards.”
— Wais Barakzai (@WaisBarakzai) September 3, 2018