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Ashraf Ghani apologised to ladies and mentioned his feedback had been misinterpreted

The Afghan president has apologised to ladies for remarks he made concerning the conventional headband.

On Saturday, Ashraf Ghani responded to claims that some authorities officers have hyperlinks to so-called Islamic State. He mentioned individuals ought to present proof or put on a girl’s headband.

It provoked a backlash from individuals who seen the feedback as sexist.

Mr Ghani later apologised to ladies who felt offended and mentioned his feedback had been misinterpreted.

In a press release, the Afghan presidential palace mentioned: “The president is a really distinguished advocate of girls’s rights and has taken distinctive steps to strengthen and protect their place since his tenure because the president of Afghanistan.”

It mentioned Mr Ghani’s use of the phrase “Chaadar”, scarf in English, had been misinterpreted.

It’s “a standard saying which isn’t aimed to offend the extremely worthwhile place of girls within the nation,” it added.

By Suhrab Sirat, BBC Persian

President Ghani acquired a giant spherical of applause from the viewers after ending his remarks concerning the conventional headband, however a day later he apologised to ladies in Afghanistan.

Many believed Mr Ghani was suggesting his critics ought to turn into ladies, thus inferring inferiority.

Civil society activists took to social media to demand the president apologise for his feedback. Some authorities officers, together with feminine MPs, additionally reacted angrily.

The vital context is that Afghanistan is a majority Muslim nation with most ladies sporting the headband.

Free Girls Writers, an organisation supporting feminine writers in Afghanistan, issued a response to Mr Ghani’s feedback on Fb.

“Who could be the hope for Afghan ladies when their president thinks being a girl in addition to womanhood is embarrassing”, they mentioned.

Fawzia Koofi, a feminine Afghan MP, tweeted to say she was “happy with sporting her scarf”.

Mr Ghani was sworn in as Afghan president in 2014, pledging to deal with the difficulty of corruption as a precedence.

He had beforehand been the nation’s finance minister, a tutorial within the US, and labored for the World Financial institution.