articles by Quratulain Rehbar


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.


Srinagar Media Facilitation Centre, only place in Kashmir reporters can access internet, now off limits for freelancers and web journos

Officials at the Srinagar Media Facilitation Centre, the only place which provides internet to reporters in Kashmir, have barred freelancers and those who work for news websites from the premises.


'What will we tell their families?': Shocked colleagues of migrant workers killed by terrorists in Kashmir's Kulgam grapple with loss

With trembling lips and teary eyes, Abubakar Sheikh, a colleague of the five West Bengal labourers who were killed by terrorists in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, says, "We always felt safe here. What happened this time?"


'We come to Kashmir every year, but this time we fear for our lives': After 3 civilian deaths in 2 days, non-local truck drivers flee Valley

After a second attack on an apple trader in which another non-local Charanjit Singh was shot dead, the incident has created a panic among fruit growers especially non-local truck drivers who load their trucks and dispatch apples to outside state.