KARACHI - Small traders in the city observed shutterdown strike on Friday against the government's recent move of raising the prices of petroleum products. While a clear division witnessed between the representative bodies of small traders over the call of shutter down strike as Karachi Tajir Ittehad and other trade bodies in the city had already distanced themselves from the strike. The Alliance of Market Association Chairman Atiq Mir, who had announced shutter down call, claimed the traders were expressing their resentment against the government's anti-people policies and voluntarily closed their business.   He claimed that business in small markets and shops in the city, including Timber Market, Madina Market, Coast Guard Furniture Market, Jubilee Market, Khajoor Market, Karimabad, Cloth market, Tariq road, Bahadrabad, Manzoor colony, Jodia Bazaar, Old City Area, Tibet Centre, Saddar, M. A. Jinnah and other areas remained suspended in protest against the fresh raise in petroleum prices. Meanwhile, it was observed that main market in Saddar, Tariq Road and other areas remained open and business activities continued in full swing. Besides, a protest demo by small traders was held at Karachi Press Club on Friday. The traders chanted slogans against the price-hike in gas, CNG and petroleum products. Leaders of the small traders, while addressing the protest rally, termed the government's first 100 days as "the worst period in the history of Pakistan and said that elected cabinet has lost its direction. They said that instead of resolving the public problems, the elected government maintained the trend putting more burden on the masses. They said the government should have decreased the prices of liquefied petroleum gas and CNG, which are used as alternative to petrol and diesel, before increasing the petroleum prices. But, it increased prices of both types of fuel to unbearable level, they lamented. The revival of subsidy on patrol and at least 16 per cent reduction in gas prices should be made immediately, traders leaders demanded, adding that a committee led by the Ombudsman be formed with authority to check the availability of food items in market and take stern action against the hoarders. Meanwhile, presiding over a meeting of the Alliance, Chairman of Karachi Tajir Ittehad, Siddique Memon, regretted that the local business community had not paid heed to the call of shutter down strike announced by so-called leaders. He claimed that all of the main markets, bazaars and shopping centres remained opened in the city as KCCI and other representative bodies of business community had already distanced themselves from any such call. Memon said the call of shutter down strike was to cause a loss worth billions of rupees to the already dejected business community.