During an interview, Nawaz Sharif has openly admitted that terrorist organization in his country are working actively.
The NSC did not condemn Nawaz, but incorrect reporting of the interview, the PM clarified, referring to the earlier jointed statement by the country's top civil-military body.
Expressing support for Nawaz, Abbasi said the entire party, including Shehbaz Sharif, stands with the PML-N supremo. He had questioned why his country had not been able to complete the trial in the case yet.
When Nawaz Sharif did not at all contradict his remarks, his younger brother and PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif, who is also the chief minister of Punjab, issued a statement, saying that the news report had "incorrectly attributed certain remarks to PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif, which do not represent PML-N's party policy".
Nawaz's remarks were immediately picked up by the Indian media, which termed the former prime minister's statement as a "confession of Pakistan's role in the Mumbai attacks that left 166 people dead". "Despite giving sacrifices, our narrative is not being accepted", Sharif said.
India's foreign ministry is yet to respond but defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman described Sharif's comments as a "serious disclosure". He also said even countries like China and Russian Federation, with which Pakistan has close relations, were questioning its struggle. "We must look into it", he said before speaking on the Mumbai attack.
The PML-N leader was questioning why the trial into the Mumbai attacks was stalled at a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court. "Nawaz speaking Modi's language against Pakistan State simply to protect his ill-gotten Rs 300 billion stashed in his son's companies overseas".
The top brass of military leadership, including Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat and Director General Inter-Services Intelligence Lt. Gen. Naveed Mukhtar attended the meeting, held at the Prime Minister House.
The story containing Sharif's suggestion was published by the same newspaper and penned by the same reporter who interviewed him on Saturday. He claimed that the former prime minister's rivals were targeting him to gain political mileage ahead of the general elections.
"We need to understand the ongoing dynamics and should support our armed forces shoulder to shoulder", he added stressing that an global conspiracy to isolate Pakistan is being hatched. The story of Afghanistan was accepted, but not ours. Trivedi said that the startling admission from Pakistan came because Narendra Modi government cornered the neighbouring nation on every aspect.
However, groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is banned as a "terrorist organisation" under Pakistani law, continue to fundraise and carry out political and humanitarian aid activities across the country.