Lahore: Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic which has affected the entire world, former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar has urged people to help each other rising above religion and economic status.
In a video posted on his YouTube channel, Akhtar also requested to work as a "global force" and adhere to the guidelines issued by the authorities.
"Request all my fans all across the globe. Coronavirus is a global crisis and we have to think as a global force, rise above religion. Lockdown is happening so that the virus does not spread. If you are doing interaction and meeting in places, it will not help," Akhtar.
"If you are hoarding things, please think about the daily wage workers. Stores are empty. What is the guarantee that you will live after three months? Think about the daily wage worker, how will he feed his family? Think about people, time to be a human, not Hindu, Muslim. People will have to help each other, collect funds. Stop hoarding.
"Rich will still survive; how will the poor survive? Have faith. We are living like animals, live like humans. Try to be helpful, please stop storing stuff. It is the time we look after each other. No time to be divided, we have to live as humans," he added.
Earlier, Akhtar had lashed out at those responsible for making the coronavirus infect humans and blamed China solely for the outbreak.
"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," Akhtar had said in an earlier video posted on his Youtube channel.
"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," he added.
Coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city, has so far spread to more than 100 countries, infecting over 3,00,000 people and claiming over 13,000 lives.
In Pakistan, around 800 confirmed coronavirus cases have been reported so far while five people have lost their lives.