Akhtar, who took time off from his busy shooting schedule to not only interact and play cricket with cancer affected children at the King George V Memorial, said in Mumbaithat both countries can achieve more by being friends and do a lot of good in the Asian region.
"Because of the recently concluded "friendship series" between India and Pakistan, I could come here and meet all these beautiful children and if I were not to be a cricketer may be I could never have got a chance to visit different countries and learn their cultures", he added.
The Rawalpindi Express, who patiently answered all the questions thrown at him by the 25 odd children, said "I love children very much and I wanted to come and meet them personally during this visit. I am really happy to be among these kids and seeing them smile makes me feel I have done something worthwhile in my life so far".
Akhtar, who congratulated India's attacking batsman Virender Sehwag on getting married, said in a lighter vein "I hope Viru (Sehwag) will mellow down a bit after his marriage and stop attacking the bowlers world over as he has been doing".
Akhtar also wished batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, with whom he was shooting the commercial for TVS Motors for the past four days, a very happy birthday well in advance asSachin will turn 31 on April 24.