Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani apologised to the people of Afghanistan and to Afghan women in particular for his ‘Head Scarf’ remark. He had said earlier that those who accuse Afghan government officials to be complicit with ISIS should prove the allegations or ‘wear a head scarf’. Head scarf is widely worn by Muslim women and President Ghani’s words were construed as an insult to dignity of Afghan women
“President Ghani made the remarks with a cultural interpretation as he pointed towards the head scarf and in no way he had any intentions to insult the women,” President’s Office ARG Palace said in a statement.
The statement further read, “President Ghani extends his apology to the Afghan women in case his remarks have affected their emotions,”
The leader made the ‘head scarf’ remark during the transfer of the border police forces to the Ministry of Defence.
His remarks had sparked furore and had put him under immense pressure, mainly from the women and rights activists
Afghanistan is struggling to effectively defend Afghan territory against resurgent Taliban and ISIS. Although Islamic state is being routed in Iraq and Syria, they have managed to secure some allies in Afghanistan where Taliban is trying to regroup and pose a challenge to US supported Afghan government led by President Ashraf Ghani