Srinagar: The hardline Hurriyat Conference,
led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, today dropped its plans to hold
protest outside army camps in Kashmir valley.
"We have made changes in the schedule for protest on
September 21," Geelani said in a statement released after a
meeting of Majlis-e-Shoura (Advisory Council) of the Hurriyat
He said instead of marching to army camps, the people
should hold protest in all district headquarters in Jammu
and Kashmir in support of complete demilitarisation.
Yesterday, a Hurriyat spokesman said the amalgam had
called off the protest only for Geelani to say the programme
The separatist leader had said such decisions could only
be taken by the Advisory Council.
A defence spokesman had appealed to people not to pay
heed to the Hurriyat programme which, he said, sought to drag
army into the sphere law and order.
He had also asked the Hurriyat to review its programme.