LAHORE: India and Pakistan continue to have hostile relations but Pakistan's former cricketer says that he is "convinced" that India's progress path goes through Pakistan and that is why its national capital is "dying to work" with Islamabad.
The Rawalpindi Express also spoke that he believes that no Indian citizens want any type of animosity between the two countries but it's because of the Indian media who try to show that a war can break out at any time.
During a Pakistani chat show, Akhtar said, "India is a great place, the people are amazing. Never did I feel that they want any animosity or any type of war with Pakistan. But, when I went to their TVs etc. it feels as if war will happen tomorrow."
He further added, "I have travelled extensively across India, have seen the country very closely, I can say today, India is dying to work with Pakistan. India's path of progress goes through Pakistan, I am convinced.
He also spoke about the unfortunate break out of the novel coronavirus and how India is suffering from it. So far, around 110 cases have been confirmed positive from the deadly virus in India.
Akhtar said, "I hope India does not incur this loss and I hope they prosper, but it is all happening which is unfortunate."
In one of his YouTube videos, Pakistan's former speedster lashed out at China and blamed the country for risking humanity due to its pathetic actions. He said, "I don't understand why you have to eat things like bats, drink their blood and urine and spread some virus across the globe...I'm talking about the Chinese people. They have put the world at stake. I really don't understand how you can eat bats, dogs, and cats. I'm really angry."
He added, "The whole world is at risk now. The tourism industry has been hit, the economy is badly affected and the whole world is going towards a lockdown. I'm not against the people of China but I'm against the law of animals. I understand this may be your culture but this is not benefitting you now, it is killing humanity. I'm not saying you boycott the Chinese but there has to be some law. You cannot go on and eat anything and everything."
The virus which originated from China's Wuhan city has killed more than 6000 people and has spread to over 100 countries, infecting around 1,60,000 people.