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China condemns terror attack in Pak

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

today condemned the deadly attack at a crowded sufi shrine in Pakistan's province that killed 80 people and assured continued support to in its efforts to combat

was greatly shocked by the massive casualties caused by the suicide blast yesterday in Sehwan in province, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at a press briefing.

"We strongly condemn this terrorist attack, express our deep condolences to the victims and sincere sympathies to the injured and the bereaved," Geng said.

opposes in all forms, he said, adding that it would continue to support Pakistan's efforts to fight against terrorism, maintain national stability and protect people's safety.

The deadly blast at the crowded shrine of revered Sufi Lal Shahbaz Qalandar last night killed 80 people and injured nearly 250 when an Islamic State suicide bomber blew himself up inside the shrine.

As faces frequent threats from terrorist forces

such as the Taliban and al-Qaeda, military's support is necessary to ensure a safe environment in the regions where China has invested heavily, Song said.

The two countries agreed to enhance anti-cooperation at the meeting, vowing to resolutely strike against terrorist forces including the East Turkestan Islamic Movement active in China's restive Xinjiang which is the connecting point of the CPEC.

China blames the East Turkistan Islamic Movement for the violent attacks in the past few years.

The daily quoted Bajwa as saying that Pakistan's military is willing to deepen the cooperation with the Chinese army and fully support the Quadrilateral Cooperation and Coordination Mechanism in Counter Terrorism by Afghanistan-China-Pakistan- Tajikistan Armed Forces.

First Published: Fri, February 17 2017. 18:28 IST