Nayeem Khan, provincial head of the moderate Hurriyat, who organised some of the recent rallies, told Outlook: "Hurriyat, or the people of Kashmir, will not protest against the land deal. We don't care whether it's a Pandit or Muslim on the shrine board. Our non-communal and peaceful struggle is for freedom."
That said, the current peace was not achieved without serious effort. Sources say that hours before the deal was inked with the samiti ending the 61-day agitation in Jammu, Governor N.N. Vohra was closeted in Srinagar with Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq. Many in the security set-up may have taken umbrage at talking to the hardline 80-year-old Geelani. But Vohra, a well-known Kashmir hand, thought otherwise.