LAHORE - City witnessed complete shutterdown on Saturday as the traders and shopkeepers closed down their business and took to streets to protest against the worst power outages and increase in fuel and electricity tariff. All the major political parties in the Opposition supported the strike call and urged the masses to took to the streets to force the government to withdraw steep increase in the fuel and electricity prices. According to reports, traders also observed strike in other big cities of the Punjab including Multan, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, and Sahiwal and staged protest demonstrations against loadshedding, demanding the government to withdraw steep increase in fuel and electricity prices. The complete shutterdown strike is an eye-opener for the government. It is a start. Therefore, the government should immediately take concrete measures to overcome energy crisis, said Irfan Iqbal Shaikh, Vice President Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, when contacted. The traders and shopkeepers observed complete shutterdown on the strike call of All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajran here in the provincial metropolis on Saturday. All the traders associations and unions supported the strike call and also observed shutterdown. The traders also took out protest rallies against the increase in fuel prices and worst loadshedding at the Hall Road, The Mall, Kot Lakhpat and GT Road Bhagbanpura. Anjuman-e-Tajran GT Road Bhagbanpura took out protest rallies from Crown Marriage Hall to Shalimar Chowk and demanded the government to withdraw increase in fuel prices and stop loadshedding. The traders have also called the meeting of Anjuman-e-Tajran Pakistan on July 7 to announce complete shutterdown across Punjab. The leaders of Anjuman-e-Tajran including Haji Maqsood Ahmed Butt, Babar Butt led the rallies. The protesters were carrying placards and banners inscribed with slogans against the government and the Wapda. The traders also displayed banners in the leading markets carrying their demands and terming the increase in petrol prices and loadshedding as unacceptable. The protesters also blocked the roads by setting the tyres on fire in different parts of the City and chanted slogans against the PPP-led government and Wapda. Mostly all the leading commercial markets, business centers and shopping malls situated in different parts of the City were closed down. The public transport also disappeared from the City roads, bringing the City life and business activities to a stand still. Most of the City roads including The Mall, Jail Road, Ferozepur Road, Multan Road, Defence Road, Main Boulevard Gulberg, Iqbal Town, and Canal Road were presenting deserted-look throughout the day on Saturday. The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that shutterdown against acute electricity shortage is an eye-opener for the federal government. In a statement issued here, the LCCI President Mian Muzaffar Ali, Senior Vice President Tahir Javaid Malik and Vice President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh said that when both the industry and trade were facing closures and the sword of unemployment was hanging on their heads, the people are bound to stage mass protests. The LCCI office-bearers said that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry had already predicted that if appropriate measures to control electricity situation were not taken it could cause mass unemployment and 'now the people are the best judge that both the trade and industry are unable to pay the salaries and heading for layoffs. They said that it was right time for the government to refix its priorities and give preference to sustained supplies to the industries. They said that the government should take people into confidence and convince them that the survival of the poor man lies in smooth running of industries. They should give a timeframe about the electricity restoration otherwise the situation could explode beyond the expectations of those who are taking it lightly and do not realize the consequences of mass unrest. The commercial market and business centers including Hall Road, The Mall, Abid Market (electronics market), Hafeez Center, Azam Cloth Market, Pakistan Cloth Market, Kashmiri Bazaar, Bara Market, Rang Mahal, Circular Road, Neela Gumbad, Gunpat Road, Dabbi Bazaar, Rehman Galian Market, Lytton Road, Multan Road, Yateem Khana, Scheme More, Lohari Medicine Market, Brandrath Road, Amin Park, Main Market, Ravi Road, Madina Electrics Market, Bottle Bazaar and Papar Mandi, Sarafa Bazaar, Moti Bazaar, Shah Alam Market, Akbari Mandi, Lunda Bazaar Steel Market, Lunda Bazaar, Badami Bagh Spare Parts Market, Badami Bagh Steel Market, Bilal Gang, Anarkali Bazaar, Urdu Bazaar, Patiala Ground, Beadon Road, Montgomery Road, Mcleod Road motor cycle and spare parts market, Tyre Markets including Railway Station and Ferozpur Road, Wahdat Road, Allama Iqbal Town, Garden Town Civic Centre, Ichhra, Baghbanpura, Shalimar Link Road, Islampura Main Bazaar, Dil Muhammad Road, Bansaanwala Bazaar, Nisbat Road, Camera Market, Paints Market were completely closed down. However, only few merchant shops and medical stores were opened in the posh and congested localities of the City.