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President apologizes to women over ‘shawl’ remark

President apologizes to women over ‘shawl’ remark

Dec 03, 2017 - 14:52

KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has apologized to the country’s women over using word “shawl” in a speech on Saturday, the Presidential Palace said on Sunday.

“Some individuals who want to mislead the minds of common people had misinterpreted the president’s speech,” a statement from the Presidential Palace said.

“The word shawl was meant to use local terminology and never aimed to disgrace and insult women. The President apologizes to the women of the country if their emotions have been hurt,” says the statement.

The president during his address to a gathering marking the transfer of authority of the Afghan Border Police to the Ministry of Defence strongly rejected accusations that some government officials had links with Daesh.

“Those who claim that a high or middle ranking government official has links with Daesh they should prove their claim in the court, if not, they should wear a shawl,” the president had said. 

The presidential statement said the women were the “real constructors” of the society and their role in the formation of a society free of violence and inspired from religious cultural guidance.