By ACNS staff
The Principal of Edwardes College in Peshawar, Pakistan, has revealed he was beaten by 'intelligence agents' who destroyed his visa and warned him to leave the country.
The Revd Titus Presler, College Principal since 2011, said there has been increasing pressure from the provincial government to take over control of the college.
Founded in 1900 by the Church Missionary Society as the first institution of higher education on the northeast frontier with Afghanistan, Edwardes is today the only college owned and managed by the Church of Pakistan.
There are, however, those who wish to change that.
"In December, Bishop Humphrey, some of my colleagues and I received threatening visits, followed by instigated demonstrations," said Mr Presler.
"Then on February 14, while starting on a drive to Islamabad with Muslim friends, I was accosted by men who identified themselves as intelligence agents at the motorway toll plaza in Peshawar and hustled [me] into another vehicle where they pounded me with their fists, destroyed my visa and warned me to leave the country."
Ninety percent of faculty and students at the Church of Pakistan-run college are Muslims, with 9 per cent Christians, and 1 per cent Hindus and Sikhs. Mr Presler believes that this means the Church "has a unique role to play in offering educational excellence and fostering inter-religious harmony in a polarised society."
In the article, published on the website of Virginia Theological Seminary's Center for Anglican Communion Studies, Mr Presler added that in such difficult times it is "the prayers and letter of Christians around the world sent to the Bishop and me [that] sustain us."
Read the full article at http://www.vts.edu/anglicancommentary