Pakistan-based Jamaat-ud-Dawah's Hafiz Saeed was named as the mastermind in the case.
Following the meeting, Abbasi, who replaced Sharif as PM after the latter was disqualified rom holding public office, met the PML-N leader. "President (Vladimir) Putin has said it. President Xi (Jinping) has said it", Sharif said.
"Meanwhile, Pakistan continues to await cooperation from India regarding the arrest of Indian spy KulbhushanJadhav and the Samjhota Express attack, the statement said".
The PML-N and its leaders have, since Saturday, been scrambling to explain what the statement actually meant, while Nawaz has since read out the excerpts from the interview asking whether he has said anything wrong.
While the NSC meeting was underway Nawaz Sharif publicly confirmed the interview and said that he had raised issues that needed answers.
Sharif was at his pretentious best when he said in the interview: "Militant organisations are active. We must look into it", he said before speaking on the Mumbai attack. He has said that no one takes Pakistan's plaint of being a victim of terror seriously because of the Pak military's support for terrorists who attack India.
"We need to understand the ongoing dynamics and should support our armed forces shoulder to shoulder", he added stressing that an worldwide conspiracy to isolate Pakistan is being hatched. Despite making sacrifices, our narrative is not being accepted.
The disgruntled PML-N member said, "There was no bigger evidence of the Indian government's lack of interest in taking the case to its end than its refusal to allow FIA to question the only living proof of the attacks: Ajmal Kasab".
The Congress leader said the trial of the perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attack should either be held under the guidance of global agencies or they should be handed over to India, so that they faced the trial here like Ajmal Kasab, one of the 26/11 attackers who was captured alive by the police and executed after a court found him guilty. Afghanistan's narrative is being accepted, but ours is not. "Indian propaganda can not undermine our achievements", Abbasi said after the NSC meeting, in which Sharif's statement was dismissed as "incorrect and misleading".
Sanaullah also lashed out at the country's security establishment: "One general comes into power and creates 'mujahideen;' the other takes over power and declares them terrorists".
Last week, Sharif told local newspaper Dawn that Pakistan needed to act against anti-India armed groups that are operating on its soil, a claim India has often made and which Pakistan has long officially denied.