“I appeal to these parties to rise to the occasion and support my resolution for Guru"s amnesty. It is in the interest of the government of India, the people of India and the entire sub-continent. The assembly is not for fixing the rates of onions and potatoes. Let us debate this issue which will restore the credibility of democratic institutions."
The independent MLA thrashed the political leaders for objecting to the 'Save Afzal" resolution.
“On the one hand there is growing realisation for reconciliation and on the other they want Afzal to be executed. Why are these leaders silent when Tamil Nadu passes the resolution seeking clemency for Rajiv Gandhi"s killers? Why isn"t there any furore when Punjab chief minister seeks amnesty for Bhullar? Why is it when Kashmir takes up the Afzal issue abuses are hurled and we are called anti-nationals?" asked Rasheed pointedly.