ISLAMABAD - The PPP-led Sindh coalition government Wednesday authorised President Asif Ali Zardari to take on board all political forces regarding the government efforts at restoring peace to Karachi, ahead of a potential clean up operation against miscreants in the port city. Sources said that due to gravity of the situation, the government has already moved the Frontier Corps to take steps for ensuring law and order, and if deemed necessary, it would call in army in the aid of the civil administration. Sources in the MQM said that the party was taking these developments with scepticism, fearing that PPP might target MQM in the name of so-called targeted operation against criminals and that was why MQM chief in a pre-emptive move has appealed to the Pakistan Army and the Rangers to take the control of the restive city. Meanwhile Presidential Spokesman Farhatullah Babar has said that three back-to-back meetings on Karachi situation at the Presidents House on Wednesday resulted in a decision by the coalition partners in Sindh to authorise President Asif Ali Zardari to hold political negotiations with all political forces for bringing peace and normalcy to the city and take appropriate administrative and security measures. He said that the decision to authorise the president was taken in the first of a series of meetings of the Sindh cabinet. The meeting, which lasted for over two hours and was chaired by the president and the prime minister, was attended by Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Federal Minister for Commerce Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Senator Babar Awan, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, and members of Sindh cabinet belonging to all coalition parties in the province PPP, ANP, PML-Q and PML-Functional. The meeting reiterated governments resolve to restore peace in Karachi at all cost and to bring the culprits to justice regardless of their affiliations. Matters concerning coalition matters and performance of various provincial ministries were also discussed during the meeting. The president called upon all the political forces to complement governments efforts at bringing peace and normalcy to the city and to bring the criminal elements to justice. He said that they believe in taking along all the political forces on the issues of national importance and would continue to do so in future as well. He said that Karachi was not only the economic hub of the country but also a factor of social and political stability, and had international significance. President Zardari said the situation will not be allowed to go out of control. Addressing the coalition partners the President said: We have to resolve this issue by ourselves and at the earliest, keeping in view the importance of this city and its role in the economy of the country. He called for emergent administrative, political and law and order measures to bring peace to Karachi. The representatives of coalition parties also spoke on the situation in Karachi and put forth various suggestions. Home Minister Sindh Manzoor Wasan and CM Qaim Ali Shah briefed the meeting about the current situation in Karachi and the steps taken so far to restore peace. Qaim Ali Shah said that police and Rangers were fully prepared and motivated to maintain peace in Karachi. Fateha was also offered for the innocent people who lost their lives to violence in Karachi. Farhatullah Babar said that the meeting of coalition partners was followed by an exclusive meeting of the PPP ministers with the president in which the subject of peace in Karachi was taken up further and the performance of the PPP ministers was reviewed. On a question by the president, the provincial finance minister informed that the first instalment of Rs450 million of the Rs5 billion package for revamping Sindh Police had been released. The president directed that the remaining amount should also be progressively released to meet the police needs. A third meeting, smaller in number of participants, followed to further fine tune the proposals presented in the earlier two meetings. Presided over by the president, it was attended by Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Babar Awan, Manzoor Wassan, Murad Ali Shah, Zulfiqar Mirza, Ayaz Soomro, Jam Saifullah Khan Dharejo, Agha Siraj Durrani, and Farhatullah Babar.