LAHORE - President Asif Ali Zardaris address to a joint session of parliament on Tuesday (tomorrow) will mark the advent of the fourth parliamentary year of the present legislature. In the address, which is a constitutional requirement, the president will highlight the achievements of the PPP-led coalition during the previous year and unveil the agenda for the next. The address is taking place at a time when many political parties are angry because of what they call the government hoodwinking the nation by facilitating the release of CIA operative Raymond Davis, making a mockery of the judicial system. The situation this time is also qualitatively different because the PPP legislators gave the Punjab government a tough time during the first few days of the current session of the provincial legislature by resorting to pandemonium because of the chief ministers support to the PML-Q dissidents, who have declared their support for the PML-N. It is now the PML-Ns turn to 'retaliate and settle scores with the federal government. The prime minister is already aware of the likely situation the president may have to face. To ward off any untoward eventuality, he talked to Opposition leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Saturday and requested him not to stage any protest during the presidents address. He was not given the required assurance. The PML-Q decided at a meeting in Lahore on Sunday to boycott the joint session. The party leaders are trying to establish contacts with other parties having representation in the bicameral legislature with a view to persuading them to follow suit. However, for the time being its not clear which party will adopt what strategy on the day. Observers say that boycott in the present situation will amount to facilitating the president to speak uninterrupted. Maybe, the ruling coalition will want all opponents to stay away from the house till the president completes the ritual. In case the president is heckled or opposition MPs shout slogans, this will be the first time that he will be facing what some past presidents had to face at the hands of then opponents. When Mian Nawaz Sharif was the prime minister during 1990-93, then opposition led by Benazir Bhutto had created scenes by resorting to Go Baba Go slogans against then president Ghulam Ishaq Khan. The bureaucrat-turned-politician was a man of steel nerves and he completed his written address, ignoring the shouts. The PML-Ns failure to outdo the PPP created a rift between the president and the prime minister. The differences deepened to an extent that both of them had to quit under an army-brokered deal. President Farooq Leghari also had to face protests when Benazir Bhuuto was the prime minister for a second time. While other legislators were shouting slogans, Tehmina Daulta, also called a tigress from Vehari, had thrown her 'dopatta, or scarf, at the president, a move which had caused tremendous embarrassment to him. Another PML-N leader was carrying a placard inscribed with words: Supreme Commander Supreme Jiala. The period of president Rafiq Tarar was rather peaceful as the opposition was not strong enough to create any problem. President Musharraf, who brought into being the assembly that served out its full five-year term in 2007, had to face a difficult situation at the hands of the assembly. He could address the joint session only once, and what he experienced then was a deterrent for him for the remaining years. To meet the constitutional requirement, his written address was circulated among the parliamentarians every year. When the opposition lawmakers stressed that the president address the session, the then minister for parliamentary affairs said the general would not like to address an uncivilized house. Whether President Zardari is listened to, or is made to listen will become clear on Tuesday. However, the nation would certainly want him to shed some light on why the government, in spite of the Supreme Courts clear orders, failed to send a letter to the Swiss authorities about the presidents 'ill-gotten money there? It will be a good opportunity for him to correct the general impression about his wealth and his role in almost all major deals. The nation will feel proud if the president convinces them that he is a not corrupt leader and that the stories of 'transparent corruption are baseless, unfounded. The president should also let the house know why the government failed to remove the FIA director general despite court orders. The release of Raymond Davis in mysterious circumstances has upset the entire nation. People will like to know how the deal had been worked out and who had played what role in it. An honest explanation of it and the gains the country has made as a result of this release would satisfy the people. The president should also address the issue of continuing drone attacks even after the CIA operatives release. Energy crisis has made the life difficult and led to the closure of thousands of industrial units. As a result, millions have lost their jobs. A plausible explanation by the president will prepare the masses to face the future situation bravely, no matter how serious. He should also tell the people whether prices would come down as a result of the policies being pursued by the present government. The situation in the Middle East is quite alarming. The countries facing trouble are all friends of Pakistan. It will be a good gesture if the president sheds some light on the likely consequences of the situation on Pakistan. Likewise, President Zardari should also share his assessment with the parliament of the US future designs in Afghanistan. These are only a few subjects the nation will like to be addressed by the president. If other matters of public concern are also included in the address to joint session, it will add to the popularity of the government.