SRINAGAR: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday ended its three-day questioning of Kashmiri journalist Aqib Javed in New Delhi. Among other questions, the NIA grilled Aqib over an interview that resistance leader Asiya Andrabi had with him.
Aqib told Kashmir Reader that the NIA has given him a “clean chit” and he can return home on Tuesday.
“I was asked about my education and journalism background. I told them what I have studied and to which publications I have contributed and how much I have earned out of my writing,” Aqib said.
According to Aqib, he was asked about the nature of the interview he conducted with Asiya Andrabi and how did he reach out to her.
“They also asked me whether I stand by the interview or not. They asked me whether I reported verbatim quotes of the leader or added something she had not said,” Aqib told Kashmir Reader. “I told them I conducted the interview professionally and that I stand by what I have written.”
“They also told me that I was free to interview any person and interviewing Asiya was not a crime. I was told that I am just a witness. They said in case they need any more details, they will ask me on phone,” he added.
Aqib is an accredited and trained journalist. He has a master’s in journalism from Central University of Kashmir. He has contributed to many Indian portals and local newspapers in Kashmir. At present he is a reporter at the daily, Kashmir Observer.