Rasheed said although one might differ with the Tamil Nadu over passing a resolution calling Sri lanka as an unfriendly country and not allowing Sri Lankan cricketers to play in Indian Premier League (IPL) matches in Tamil Nadu as a mark of protest against alleged human rights violations of the Tamils in the neighbouring country, still it serves a lesson for the legislators of Jammu and Kashmir.
He asked his colleagues to ask their conscience if they had ever thought of learning a lesson from their Tamil counterparts and dared to take up the cause of their oppressed people. He rued that the state legislators completely let down their people by not being able to save Afzal Guru from getting executed and then not even passing a resolution seeking his mortal remains. Guru, convicted in the 2001 terror attacks on Parliament, was hanged in Delhi's Tihar jail under great secrecy on February 9.
Rasheed also alleged that the state legislature has been used to strengthen India's stand on Jammu and Kashmir. He slammed the Jammu-based MLAs who pressed hard for passing a resolution to condemn Pakistan for allegedly torturing Indian prisoner Chamel Singh. He said it was unfortunate that the legislators, instead of thanking Islamabad for returning Singh's body and condemning India for executing Guru under mysterious circumstances, were arguing on communal lines.
He also told those MLAs accusing Pakistan of interfering in India's internal matters that they should also ask India not to meddle with neighbours like Nepal, Maldives, Myanmar and Bangladesh, besides Pakistan.