Angelina Jolie has slammed an American church for its plans to burn copies of the Quran.

The 35-year-old actress - who is currently in Pakistan, to help draw attention to the flood victims of the nation - took time out to speak about her disappointment at plans by the Dove World Outreach Centre to burn the religious book on the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks in New York City.

Angelina - who is the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) - said at a press conference: "I have hardly the words that somebody would do that to somebody's religious book."

The book burning is being organised by Pastor Terry Jones of the anti-Islam, evangelical Christian church Dove World Outreach Center, in Florida.

Angelina also spoke about her sympathy for the people of Pakistan where 1,500 people have been killed and a further 20 million affected by the floods.

She said: "I was shocked especially by how high the flood waters went. In some of the people's houses, it was 9 feet high.

"There's lots of speculation about why this one has not gotten the attention it deserves. Even all of the wonderful coverage is not getting the response that usually it's able to get."