It is pertinent to note here that PML-N's lifelong leader and three time PM Nawaz Sharif's "Mumbai attacks" comments during an interview to a local newspaper have triggered a flood of criticism from analysts, politicians and general public in Pakistan.
Stating that the NSC dismissed those words which were misreported, he said the meeting did not condemn Sharif but incorrect reporting of his interview.
In an interview with Dawn published on Saturday, Sharif had criticised Pakistan for letting militant groups cross the border and commit terror attacks like the one in Mumbai in 2008. Explain it to me. He had questioned why his country had not been able to complete the trial in the case yet. "Nawaz Sharif is still our Quaid", he reassured. He also said even countries like China and Russian Federation, with which Pakistan has close relations, were questioning its struggle.
The participants said they reject fallacious assertions by Nawaz Sharif, which negated the truth.
"There was no talk (by Nawaz) of the Mumbai attacks being planned in Pakistan".
"(NSC) observed that it was very unfortunate that the opinion arising out of either misconceptions or grievances was being presented in disregard of concrete facts and realities". They believe that the announcement by the ISPR chief through social media indicates that the military authorities have made a decision to seriously take up the issue and that they want Prime Minister Abbasi's stance over the matter.
Since the publication of the interview, Indian media has declared his statements a "confession" of Pakistan's role in the Mumbai attacks, which left 166 people dead, and demanded swift response from New Delhi.
Top military leaders, the acting foreign minister, chiefs of the navy and air force and other top civil officials of the government attended the meeting at the Abbasi's house.
Sharif, who was answering a question about his ouster, steered the conversation towards foreign policy and national security by saying that Pakistan has isolated itself in worldwide arena despite giving sacrifices in war on terror. "Parties remove leaders when they prove to be a burden for them", Imran said, giving examples of worldwide leaders.
Sharif's own party distanced itself from his comments on Sunday, with a spokesperson saying it was "grossly misinterpreted by Indian media".
Reacting to Sharif's remarks, Nisar, under whose watch the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) was investigating the Mumbai attacks, said the Indian government was to blame for the hold-up in the Mumbai attacks trial, the Dawn reported. In October 2016, the relationship took a serious dip after Sharif asked the military to taker a strong stand on the militants or risk facing an global isolation.