Hamid Karzai calls on US Congress to condemn pastor’s Qur’an burning
Afghan president issues demand despite Barack Obama’s condemnation of ‘act of extreme intolerance and bigotry’
by Jon Boone in Kabul and Dominic Rushe in New York

The Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, appears to have added fuel to the violent protests in Afghanistan after calling on the US Congress to condemn a Christian preacher’s burning of the Qur’an.

Karzai’s demand came despite a statement from Barack Obama denouncing the behaviour of American pastor Terry Jones as “an act of extreme intolerance and bigotry”.

But the Afghan president, in a meeting on Sunday with the US ambassador, Karl Eikenberry, and David Petraeus, the US commander of Nato forces in the country, demanded that the top US lawmaking body should condemn Jones.

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