The government also faced flak from senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, a former External Affairs Minister, who questioned its strategy, saying it should explain to the country as to why they are resuming the dialogue when the ruling party has been maintaining that talks and terror cannot go on together.

Raising the issue at start of Rajya Sabha proceedings, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi clarify India's engagement with Pakistan and take Parliament and Opposition into confidence about the direction and road-map that government has in mind.

"I have given a notice under Rule 267 so that the Prime Minister and his government inform the House about the developments and the reasons which have made the government to make a fundamental departure from the position as was conveyed to this august House in the last session with regard to India's engagement with Pakistan," he said. Sharma also accused the government of 'disrespecting' Parliament.

The Government on its part assured the Opposition that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will make a statement on the issue later this week. Swaraj will travel tomorrow for a multilateral conference in Islamabad, where she will also hold talks with her Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz.

K C Tyagi (JD-U) raised the issue of a purported statement of Pakistan NSA saying the issue of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir will also be discussed during the talks. "What do you mean by that...Is this a departure from the past? We want that the Minister declares its position on Kashmir," he said.

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