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"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," Khaama Press reported, citing President's Office ARG Palace as saying 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 Afghan leader made the remarks during the transfer of the border police forces to the Ministry of Defence in a bid to defend the government officials against the accusations of the critics who had purported that certain government officials are having ties with the Islamic State (IS) terror outfit.
Those who have made such claims should prove it and those who are unable to prove it must wear head scarf, he said.
His remarks had sparked furor and had put him under immense pressure, mainly from the women and rights activists.
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