. . .However, Karzai, while pushing for the punishment of those responsible for Koran burning, has called on his countrymen to not resort to violence because he said the insurgents and their foreign backers would manipulate their protests.
“Now is the time to return to calm and not let the enemies of peace and development to use this situation,” Karzai said in a news conference Sunday.
“We have asked for justice and punishment for those who have done this act,” he said of the culprits behind the Koran burnings. . .