Pastor’s Arrest Stirs Anti-Christian Sentiment in Kashmir, India

Bishop SamantaroyCompass Direct News
(CDN) is reporting that charges that a pastor in Jammu and Kashmir state
“lured” Muslims to Christianity by offering money are false and have
put the lives of the clergyman and other Christians in danger, according
to Bishop Pradeep Kumar Samantaroy of the Church of North India
denomination.

Pictured: Bishop Samantaroy


CDN says that
following the arrest on Saturday (Nov. 17) of the Rev. Chander Mani
Khanna, pastor of All Saints Church in Srinagar, Bishop Samantaroy told
Compass by phone that the time has come for the church to speak up
against the “discriminatory action” by authorities in India’s Kashmir
Valley. The bishop of the Amritsar Diocese said the pastor told him his
life was in danger, as the charges have angered area Muslims.

The
government must provide protection to the pastor, churches and
Christian institutions “immediately,” he said. Pastor Khanna was
arrested for creating “enmity” between religious communities and hurting
religious sentiments. Bishop Samantaroy said the allegation made by
Kashmir Grand Mufti Bashir-ud-din Ahmad that Pastor Khanna had converted
Muslims by offering money was “totally baseless and untrue.”

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Source: Dan Wooding, ASSIST Ministries