Salem Voice Ministries‘ Missionary Attacked in Kashmir

Monday, March 12, 2007

By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

KUPWARA, KASHMIR, INDIA (ANS) -- A Salem Voice Ministries missionary in Jammu and Kashmir was attacked on March 6 in Kupwara in Jammua and Kashmir, India.

Pastor Ashir suffered a broken leg in the attack.

Pastor Ashir was returning home on Tuesday afternoon after a prayer meeting in a small village Rikwaza, which is about 6 miles away from Kupwara. Suddenly a group of masked people attacked him with steel pipes and wooden sticks. He was severely beaten and one of his legs was broken.

Ashir became unconscious and fell down. Some of the local people found him in the street and admitted him to the hospital.

Local police have registered a case against some unidentified militants.

Tahira, Pastor Ashir's wife, and their four- month-old child, Noorul Masih, are also under threat.

SVM asks for prayer for the Ashir family and says that few families believe in Jesus Christ in that locality.

Rev. Paul Ciniraj, President of the Christian Ministers of the Churches in India (CMCI) who is also the Director of the Salem Voice Ministries, condemned the attack against Pastor Ashir.