ISLAMABAD - Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah on Thursday strongly criticised the goverynment for not properly functioning in different sectors.

“The judiciary starts performing functions of the executive...In presence of parliament this is not good,” he told the National Assembly.

About Senate elections, PkMAP chief Mehmood Achakzai said that the house should thoroughly debate the matter of possible horse-trading in the upcoming Upper House’s polls. “Vote selling is on the rise in the open market, which needs to be discussed for two hours in the house,” he said.

Achakzai also raised the matter of derogatory language used on the media. “This practice should be discouraged,” he said, citing some of the examples. On it, the chair asked the lawmaker to properly move a privilege motion in this regard.

PTI’s Shafqat Mehmood, on a point of order, also raised the issue of expected vote-selling matter in the Senate elections. “PTI has already asked that direct elections should be held in Senate polls,” he said.

Earlier, Opposition leader Syed Khursheed Shah strongly criticised the government for not properly functioning in different sectors. “The judiciary starts performing functions of the executive...In presence of parliament this is not good,” he viewed, initiating a debate on presidential address.

He criticised the treasury benches especially ministers and Prime Minster for not giving time to parliament. “We also have our constituencies but always ensure presence in the house as it is supreme,” he said.

Shah said the present government should take proper steps to deal with poverty, unemployment and other related issues. “Salaries of government servants should be increased to give them relief,” he said, mentioning the supremacy of the parliament can be ensured if all parliamentarians including Prime Minsiter give adequate time to the proceedings.

He said that the country was facing a number of challenges on the external front but they are not getting the required attention. Without taking the name, he slightly mentioned the matter regarding participation of Indian PM in a marriage ceremony in the house of former Prime Minister (Nawaz Sharif). Minister for Law and Justice Bashir Virk clarified that the Indian PM was not given a formal invitation to attend the marriage ceremony. “He (Indian PM attended it without any invitation,” he said, facing criticism from the opposition side.

On it, Khursheed Shah said it was a good tradition to invite someone on happy occasion. “But other country should also take care of this love in response, which is killing our soldiers on the border every day,” he said.