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SRINAGAR: The separatist leadership of Kashmir, which convened a joint meeting of various ‘stakeholders’ here on Tuesday, said the participants unanimously extended support to the ongoing uprising which completed four months today.

Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik presided over the meeting. Representatives of traders, transporters, educationists, civil society members, lawyers’ association, and religious, social and political organisations reportedly participated in the meeting at Geelani’s Hyderpora office-cum-residence.

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“All the participants unanimously appreciated united face of resistance leadership and authorized them with their full mandate and support to continue the freedom struggle with zeal and passion,” a statement issued by Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference announced this evening.

“It was emphasized upon both, leadership and nation, to remain steadfast and committed to take the freedom struggle to its logical end.”

The participants, according to the issued statement, said, “Economic losses, educational hiccups and social constrains are a part of the freedom movement.” The meeting asked people to be aware of the “nefarious designs of the oppressor who exploit them through many tools.”

“It was unanimously decided that the programs from the Joint Resistance Leadership should be followed in letter and spirit and whosoever violated it should be convinced and conveyed that discipline and resilience has to be adopted for achieving our goal as our freedom struggle is nourished by the sacred blood of our martyrs,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, while talking to media after the meeting, Mirwaiz hinted at a strategic change in the weekly protest programme, saying the participants put forward some suggestions that would be discussed and the separatist leadership would come out with protest programmes accordingly.

The meeting was called to discuss the future course of action over the ongoing uprising.