Ahead of Pakistan General Elections, a large number of tweeple from the country are enraged over humble 'paan' which is chewed by millions of people in south Asia. Reason: A remark by PML-N chief Shehbaz Sharif, who could become the next prime minister of Pakistan if his party wins the elections. While campaigning for votes in the port city of Karachi on Wednesday, Sharif promised he would turn "paan-chewing kiranchi" into Lahore, reported Samaa TV. Paan-chewing Karachiites, however, didn't take Sharif's comment lightly, creating a storm on Twitter. Not just this, the surprise statement from Sharif also provided his political rivals an opportunity to score brownie points. Times of Islamabad quoted PTI\u2019s Imran Ismail as saying in a video, \u201cShehbaz Sharif Sb you came to Karachi today and the residents welcomed you but you called us 'Karanchiwalas' and 'paanwalas'.Eating paan is a part of our culture." \u201cThe Karachi you are mocking is the one that feeds Pakistan and the country\u2019s economy depends on it and had you known this you would not have said what you did,\u201d Ismail further said. Watch Shabaz Sharif says 'Paan-chewing Kiranchi' Twitter reactions: Feeling a surge of anger over the derogatory statement of @CMShehbaz , @AliHZaidiPTI in an act of venting eats PAAN! Karachi loves its paan and all its people. You are welcome to stay away from both!#ShehbazDisunitesPakistan pic.twitter.com\/JM0S7aNfGc \u2014 PTI Karachi Official (@PTI_KHI) June 26, 2018 For all the Karachiites with love!!! \u2014 Saadia Afzaal (@SaadiaAfzaal) June 27, 2018 Oh #ShehbazSharif u made a boo boo in karachi.U'll never get what Paan means.And u will never get Karachi it seems. Pakistan's largest, most diverse city.Politicians hv to stop creating negative competitions between cities & ethnicities.#LongLivePaan#thankubutnothanku#karachi pic.twitter.com\/NAukU20BD4 \u2014 Farahnaz Zahidi (@FarahnazZahidi) June 27, 2018 #ShehbazSharif i condemn ur racist statement abt karachites .. yeah they eat Pan but they dont eat haram .. vote se pehle voter ko izat do " \u2014 Palwasha Binte Inam (@PalwashaInam) June 27, 2018 Dear Lahories, chose your leader carefully. Ex @CMShehbaz went all way to KHI to get a laugh (nothing worse than when he laughed at his own joke-terrible trait), by hinting that locals are unsophisticated . Then he stereotyped them as paan chewing yokels pic.twitter.com\/WmiW33iDaP \u2014 Saffina Ellahi (@SaffinaEllahi1) June 26, 2018 Paan khanay walay Karanchi walay. Shame on Shahbaz Sharif for this racist remark. @CMShehbaz should apologise to Karachiites who bring in 60% of national wealth. \u2014 S_Khan (@MSadiKhan) June 26, 2018 Thank you Shahbaz Sharif. Just had the best paan from Karachi, and we dont need Lahore in Karachi. #stfu \u2014 sophia ahmed (@sophiaahmed) June 26, 2018 Also @CMShehbaz do you realise this may have been your targetted attack on urdu soeaking but you have just insulted memons, significant industriaists and investors of the economy, equally??? Yeah you just lost your vote chances. \u2014 Unberryin Heather (@ambreenhaider01) June 26, 2018 It\u2019s completely okay when we make fun of ourselves but it\u2019s way out of line when an outsider like you @CMShehbaz say something derogatory about the city or the people that you\u2019ve conveniently ignored for decades. Someone give him some paan please.#karachi \u2014 Rabia Effendi (@RabiaEffendi) June 26, 2018 The immense reaction of #Karanchi Paan khaanay Waalay. pic.twitter.com\/3onZHumpvt \u2014 N\u0101J\u0113\u0113b_\u014cr_Ryhm\u0101n (@Najeeb_Official) June 26, 2018 I was actually gonna praise @CMShehbaz for being the 1st national leader in so many years to actually start his campaign from #Karachi, for both being a brilliant political strategy and trying to show federalism. Instead, I woke up to #Karanchi and #Paan \u2014 \u0644\u0627\u0644 \u0628\u062c\u06be\u06a9\u0691 (@afzaal_k) June 26, 2018 I condemn Shahbaz Sharif for calling Karachi wala as Paan khanay wale. he should know that we have graduated from Paan to Gutka and mawa. Paan is too low a thing Via @hammads \u2014 Dr. Khan (@ZaibSpeaks) June 28, 2018 Dear Islamabad walo, Assalam o Alaikum. Today it's officially the FIRST RAINFALL of 2018 here in Karachi. Your TLs will be polluted with rain tweets eventhough it rains in Islamabad every week. Kindly cooperate with us paan khaane walay. Best Regards, A ghareeb Karanchi Wala. \u2014 Ahmed Ali ???????? ???? (@ahmedalitweets) June 28, 2018 The Jiyalas and Youthiyas who have been taunting Karachi wala\u2019s by racially profiling us as \u201cGutka\u201d all this time are now acting as representatives of Mohajirs after the paan statement from Shahbaz Sharif. \u2014 Syed Ali Raza Abidi (@abidifactor) June 27, 2018 In a bid to defend Sharif, Pakistan's former interior minister Ahsan Iqbal and a leader of PML-N, " Unfortunately events preceding GE2018 are ruining country\u2019s standing as a democracy. PMLN & Media targeting is so obvious. If level playing field is denied, country will plunge into serious political crisis. PMLN getting stronger with every attack & emerge victorious IA!". Both cities of Pakistan - Lahore and Karachi - have rivalled each other over Biriyani in past.