articles by Quratulain Rehbar


'Where will we go?': Pulwama villagers protest transfer of land to build CRPF camp, say livelihood at stake

Pulwama disctrict commissioner Baseer Ul Haq Chaudary said the villagers were in illegal possession of the land all these years


New crop of 'hybrid-militants' behind spate of targetted killings in Jammu and Kashmir, say police

Another Former DGP of Jammu and Kashmir K Rajendra Kumar talked to Firstpost exclusively and said that terror groups always like to spread panic and create a divide so the minorities and immigrants targetted in selective killings are essentially soft targets for them.


'Never thought I'd be a topper': Tanmay Gupta becomes first person to top NEET 2021 exam from J&K

Gupta told Firstpost that he always dreamt of studying in Maulana Azad college in Delhi to study medicine.


Families of Kashmiri students charged with sedition in UP over pro-Pakistan slogans wracked with worry

Although no one was willing to speak on the record, many students in the Valley felt the action taken by authorities was “too harsh"


As Kashmir's iconic houseboats sink, owners warn lives, livelihoods and heritage at risk

Houseboats have been in the crosshairs of the authorities, especially since a ban was on their repair and reconstruction on water bodies


In Kashmir, non-local labourers choose life over livelihood as militants warn of dire consequences

The killings have spread panic among non-local labourers, at the time when most of them would work in apple orchards and as construction workers in the Valley


'Muslim orphan lost her Sikh godmother': Fear psychosis among Kashmiris after minority school principal killed in terror attack

While different politicians in Kashmir believe that the attempts are being made to instil fear among minorities, the local Kashmiri, living side by side with the Kashmiri pandits, and other minority like Sikhs are also saddened by the killing of two teachers


'You can kill body, but not spirit', says daughter of prominent Kashmiri Pandit shot dead by militants

Two other civilians were also shot on Saturday in Srinagar. The attacks were part of a spike in killings by militants that has put the security forces in Kashmir on guard


Unseen Warriors of COVID: From arranging oxygen to ambulances, volunteers in Kashmir battle stress to save lives

Volunteers at Social Reform Organisation (SRO) in Kashmir field anxious SOS calls, provide oxygen support to patients, arrange ambulance service, doctor consultations and burials while awaiting their own vaccines


Afraid of being dispossessed, Kashmiris question Centre's motives on new land laws, say can't trust the govt

When the government had revoked Article 370 in August 2019, most locals had then said that it was done to bring outsiders into Jammu And Kashmir. With the new land laws, they say, their fears have come true


Under police surveillance, students and principal of Kashmir's Siraj-ul-Uloom feel their school is being targeted

Siraj-ul-Uloom Educational Institute is located in Hillow village, a nondescript village of apple orchards, in the Imam Sahib area of Shopian district of south Kashmir


Jammu and Kashmir youth jobless and hopeless accuse administration of betrayal after govt scraps recruitment for 1,450 posts in J&K Bank

Having waited for almost a year and a half, the youth in Jammu and Kashmir who appeared in the exams for 250 probationary officers (PO) and 1,200 banking associates in J&K Bank are feeling betrayed after the govt scrapped the recruitment process citing citing 'legal infirmities' in the examination process


Coronavirus outbreak in Iran: Kashmiri students, short of funds and struggling to get home, get cold shoulder from Indian authorities

Every day, Kashmiri students in Iran awake to worried calls from family and friends back home who have heard news of an outbreak.


In Kashmir, complainants run pillar-to-post for justice in absence of commission for women and children that was dissolved last August

The other commissions which remain dissolved dealt with human rights, the right to information, the rights of the disabled, and allegations against public functionaries.


Less than 300 websites accessible on Kashmir’s restored internet; Firstpost, Express, Reuters, AP remain blocked

While the Jammu and Kashmir administration issued a notification stating that 2G internet would be restored in all 20 districts restricted to 300 'white-listed' websites, several URLs on the list are repeating and news websites such as Firstpost, The Associated Press, Indian Express, Reuters, AP and AFP remain blocked.


157 days since abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, families struggle as kin languish in faraway jails

After scrapping Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir on 5 August last year, the Central government launched a massive crackdown in the region detaining people including mainstream and separatist leaders — many of whom continue to be incarcerated in different jails far from their homes


'Thought I'd wish my friends a happy new year': Kashmiris disappointed as postpaid SMS services resume only for BSNL contrary to govt claims

Many Kashmiris who were waiting for midnight to wish their friends a happy new year were disappointed as SMS services were restored only for BSNL users, contrary to government claims.


Arrested amid Art 370 abrogation, her son was shunted from Kashmir jail to UP. Now Ateeqa awaits his release

Ateeqa Bano’s son, Faisal Aslam Mir, 22, was arrested on 5 August 2019, after the central government abrogated Article 370, stripping Jammu & Kashmir of its special status


From doctors to engineering students, Kashmiris kicked off WhatsApp lament loss of patient data, access to online courses

Those outside Kashmir noticed that their relatives, friends and colleagues were leaving WhatsApp groups in droves. The news came as a shock to citizens from the Valley who have not been able to use the internet for the past four months.


'I kept thinking I'd be killed': On Children's Day, a 16-year-old from Kashmir recalls solitary confinement in aftermath of Article 370 abrogation

G was among the 144 minors detained by authorities after the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.