"The World T20 is an ICC event and we should participate in it at all costs. If we don't do it will harm us in the long run. Not playing in the World T20 will only affect our players and our cricket," Akram told reporters here.
Akram also said that India's delay in giving a green-light to the bilateral series should not be an issue for his country competing in the world event but added the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should also give a clear answer if they would play series or not.
"I realise that the Indians have taken too much time over deciding on the bilateral series with Pakistan, but even if it does not happen now it will happen soon," he said.
"But yes, I think the Indian board should also give a clear answer whether they want to play or not and put the issue aside."
"If India doesn't want to play with us fine we can also survive without playing them. But the problem of terrorism will not be finished even if we play or don't play," said the 49-year-old.