It is a democratic norm that the President address the joint session of the parliament, at the start of every new year of the National Assembly which has five-year constitutional term.

During his fifth address to the joint session of the parliament, President Zardari will highlighted the salient features of the last four years of the government and provide guide line to the government for its final year out of the five year term given to it by the general public during the 2008 elections.

The fifth and final year of the present National Assembly has started from March 12, as it was first met on March 12, 2008 following the elections.