Terms it ‘a ploy to frighten the journalist fraternity’
SRINAGAR: Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference on Sunday strongly condemned the summoning of an accredited journalist Aqib Javed by NIA terming it a ploy to frighten the journalist fraternity in Jammu and Kashmir.
A Hurriyat spokesperson in a statement condemned the “dictatorial actions of strangulating the already suppressed voice of journalism in Jammu and Kashmir”.
Aqib is associated with the daily Kashmir Observer. “It is a ploy to frighten the journalist fraternity and destroy the very ethics of journalism in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
Commenting on the “fragile” situation of journalism in Jammu and Kashmir, the spokesperson said “it is a very difficult task to pursue the norms of a free press in a state of undeclared censorship as implemented by the state authorities”.
He expressed grave concern of “involving Aqib Javed in a baseless and fabricated case against a veteran pro-freedom leader Aasiya Andrabi and her two associates Fehmeeda Sofi and Nahida Nasreen by NIA”, terming it “part of a deep conspiracy against the legitimate demand for right to self-determination”.
The Hurriyat spokesperson made a fervent appeal to United Nations Human Rights Commission to take cognisance of the plight of renowned Kashmiri resistance leaders lodged in Delhi’s Tihar jail which include Shabir Ahamad Shah, Pir Saifullah, Altaf Ahamad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Raja Meraj-u-din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahamad Khan, Shahidul Islam, Farooq Ahamad Dar, Shahid Yousuf, (and businessman) Zahoor Ahamad Watali, and Mohammad Aslam Wani, who are “the victims of political vengeance” at the hands of NIA.
The spokesperson saluted the “resolve and high morals” of the incarcerated pro-freedom leaders and people of Jammu and Kashmir.