Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday issued a summon to Srinagar-based journalist Aquib Javaid Hakim, asking him to appear before the Superintendent of the agency at Lodhi Road in New Delhi.
Aquib has been asked to attend for questioning in a case RC-172018/NIA/DLI dated 27 April 2018 under sections 120B, 121, 121A, 124A, 153A, 153B and 505 of IPC and sections 18, 20, 38 and 39 of UA (P) Act 1967.
Aquib is an accredited journalist and works with Srinagar-based daily newspaper Kashmir Observer. He also works as a freelance journalist for various national publications.
The summons to Aquib has also drawn flak from various journalist associations who termed it as “harassment of local journalists”.
Last year, the federal investigation agency had summoned freelance journalist Kamran Yousuf to the agency’s headquarters in New Delhi. Later, Yousuf was detained in the high-security Tihar jail for more than six months.
The Kashmir Working Journalists Association condemned the summons to Aquib and termed it as harassment of journalists who were performing their professional duties.
A spokesperson of the association said that the summons was an attack on freedom of press and the federal agency should stop criminalising Kashmir-based reporters.
Another journalist association, Kashmir Journalists Association, termed the NIA summons as intimidation.