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Quran row: Afghan President renews call for calm

Last Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 14:58

Kabul: Afghanistan`s President has renewed his calls for calm in a televised address to the nation after the burning of Qurans at a US base sparked five days of violent protests.

About 30 people have been killed including four US soldiers since the incident came to light on Tuesday. NATO has pulled hundreds of international advisers out of Afghan ministries out of concern that they might become the next targets of anti-foreigner anger.

President Hamid Karzai spoke in a live television broadcast on Sunday. Karzai said, "Now is the time to return to calm and not let our enemies use this situation."
He reminded the Afghan people that the Quran burnings are being investigated and asked them to wait for the results of that investigation.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 14:58

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