In an interview with Najam Sethi, Altaf said it was unfortunate that the ruling elite of India had always projected Pakistan as a threat to India while the Pakistani ruling elite had always 'taught' Pakistani masses that India was a threat to Pakistan.
He said several wars had been fought in Europe, including the First and Second World Wars, yet European countries had learnt a lesson from these wars and forged a unity, manifested in the European Union.
Altaf requested the Indian leadership and Pakistani establishment to follow the European example and work towards improving relations between the two countries.
He said both India and Pakistan were a 'reality' and should accept each other with open hearts.
The Daily Times quoted Altaf as saying that both countries were poor and could not afford confrontation. (ANI)