Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said that China has always supported Pakistan in developing and implementing counter-terrorism and security strategies based on Pakistan's national conditions.

China sincerely hopes Pakistan will maintain social stability and economic development, he said. "We sincerely hope that Pakistan will maintain social stability and economic development," Hong said.

Pakistan's ruling and opposition parties attended a meeting convened by Prime Minister Sharif and appealed to the government to hold talks with armed Taliban militants to end the bloodshed in the country.

(Agencies)

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