articles by Rayan Naqash


Caught between diplomatic skirmishes of India and Pakistan, Kashmiris respond with eerie calm that benefits neither

While the situation in Kashmir is not good enough for India to project peace and claim the people’s confidence in its rule, it's not bad enough for Pakistan to corner India diplomatically and highlight popular resistance to New Delhi's rule


Kashmir after Article 370: Valley struggles to rid self of uncertainty with communication clampdown, rumours and little faith in administration

Communication networks, including landlines and internet, have been blocked since last Monday and news channels on cable networks have been restricted to the state-run Doordarshan and two private news channels.


Kashmir after Article 370: State's existential crisis worsens as it grapples with idea that Centre has dissolved mainstream politics

While a majority of news channels in India continue to portray a picture of Kashmir that is far from the ground reality — with some running exaggerations and blatant lies, the actual circumstances have forced Kashmiri newspapers to just four pages


Ecstasy in Kashmir: Drug use in Valley sees spike; experts term phenomenon 'ticking time bomb'

Accustomed to counter insurgency and curbing protests for the better part of the last three decades in Kashmir, tackling the drug menace has proven to be an uphill for the state police.


Al-Qaeda affiliate urges unity among Kashmir militants, calls for new jihad council in video released on Saturday

Amid reports of Pakistan building pressure on militant outfits in Kashmir, the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Ansar Ghazwatul Hind has called for cooperation among various militant outfits operating in the state and a new representative militant council to take consensus decisions regarding military actions against India


PoK-based United Jihad Council breaks silence on killing of Adil Dass due to suspected infighting, calls for unity among militant groups

Syed Salahuddin, however, did not acknowledge or attempt to negate the allegations on Adil Ahmad Dass' killing, even as he called for punishing the guilty.


Adil Ahmad Dass killing: Did Hizbul Mujahideen and LeT lure Islamic State militants into a trap?

On the morning of 27 June, security forces recovered the body of Adil Ahmad Dass from the orchards in the Bijbehara area. Adil was recruited by the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba in July 2018, but had recently defected to an outfit that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State


Kashmir University student accuses Engineer Rashid of intimidation after video questioning ex-MLA's separatist politics goes viral

Aqib Malik, 26, a student at Kashmir University, claims he received intimidating messages from phone numbers known to be in use by former legislator Engineer Rashid after he student questioned Rashid's politics in a video


Jhelum Fables: A workshop in Srinagar familiarises young Kashmiris with the river, the life it sustains

Everyday, thousands pass by the Jhelum, which snakes through the Valley, but few notice the river. Jhelum Fables is changing that by encouraging young people to understand the spirit of the river and the relationship it shares with the people who are dependent on it


Jammu and Kashmir Police believes Jaish-e-Mohammad behind Anantnag attack; Al-Umar Mujahideen just a cover to escape backlash

Prior to this attack, the Al-Umar had similarly claimed an attack on a police post in Srinagar, on 26 April this year, in which a police constable was critically injured.


'Betrayed' by Pakistan, jihadists seek alliances in Kashmir, Afghanistan; recent audio eulogising Zakir Musa highlights global links of militancy

Feeble frictions began emerging on the ground since Adil Mir took control of the jihad in Kashmir in the year 2010.


Once rivals, Kashmiri militants turn 'heroes' after death for separatists; shift in old guard's stand exposes hypocrisy

Young Kashmiri militants who choose to fight the State and grow larger than life are suspected simply for managing to avoid security forces’, but their deaths breathe fresh lease of life into the state's morbid politics.


Fastan: A cliffhanger for election officials

One of Ladakh’s highest polling stations was set up so that 29 people could cast votes


Perilous Path to Democracy

A village of 22 voters in Ladakh’s remote Nubra Valley has decided who will shape its destiny for the next five years


Accidental Jihadist of the IS in Kashmir

Class 12 dropout Adil Ahmad Wani has become the poster boy for a new generation of terrorists in Kashmir


Kashmir's political theatre of the absurd

Militants invoke the Quran while exhorting Kashmiris to stay away from polling booths, while a candidate prays to the saints for success, and a former chief minister sings bhajans. It's silly season in the Valley.


Kashmiri teen Rasikh Dar loves life in the fast lane

Rasikh Salam Dar has become Kashmir’s newest cricketing sensation and changed the way his home district looks at sports


Imran Khan on sticky wicket: Pakistan PM's offer of peace talks on Kashmir with India draws jihadists' ire

Imran Khan’s views have been consistent since 2011, when he called for putting Kashmir on the backburner till bilateral relations are improved


Lok Sabha elections: As parts of J&K go to polls, voters say articles 35A, 370 on top of their minds

Aijaz Ahmad Wani, professor of political science who recently published a book on governance and politics in the Valley, said it would not be surprising if the voter turnout would be at par with previous elections.


Shaurya Chakra recipient Irfan Sheikh fears going back home

Recently awarded India’s third-highest peacetime gallantry award, the Shaurya Chakra, 16-year-old Irfan Sheikh is in hiding, fearing revenge from jihadists