Pakistani Christians Injured in Church Attack "Voice of the Martyrs"
21 May 2003
Radical Muslims targeted a prayer meeting at the New Apostolic Church of Pakistan in the district of Narowal, leading to the serious injury of at least two believers. According to VOM representatives and sources in Pakistan, the Muslims first stopped
They stood in the girls' path, making humiliating remarks and attempting to pull off their scarves. Once the prayer meeting had begun, the Muslims broke up the meeting, carrying weapons into the church compound and yelling. When Mughal Masih stepped outside to reason with the men, some of the Muslims took him to a field and beat Mughal in the head and chest with guns. The rest of the Muslims entered the church and dragged Ashraf Masih, the guest pastor from a neighboring town, by his collar out of the church. There, they stripped him of his clothing and beat him. "The stabbing of Mughal Masih and the beating of the pastor are just more examples of radical Islam's intolerance of Christians," says Gary Lane, VOM spokesman. "The Pakistani government and local police need to do a better job of protecting the Christian minority from these violent attacks."