Former Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif was campaigning for votes in Karachi when he said that he will turn “paan-chewing Kiranchi” into Lahore. As if the never-ending biryani wars between the two cities were not enough.
The statement about “paan-chewing Kiranchi” has stirred quite a storm on social media. It has also given Mr Sharif’s political rivals the opportunity to cash in on his blunder. PTI’s Ali Zaidi made his way to Hussainabad – just to have paan.
It’s completely okay when we make fun of ourselves but it’s way out of line when an outsider like you @CMShehbaz say something derogatory about the city or the people that you’ve conveniently ignored for decades. Someone give him some paan please.#karachi
— Rabia Effendi (@RabiaEffendi) 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. https://t.co/1hxz3L0GLA
— Unberryin Heather (@ambreenhaider01) June 26, 2018
— sophia ahmed (@sophiaahmed) June 26, 2018
Sir, your speech disappointed the people of Karachi b/c you took out culture of eating paan while talking to audience that is not reality!
— Abdul Shakoor Baloch (@abdulshakoor494) 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.
— S_Khan (@MSadiKhan) June 26, 2018
You crossed the limitations of baysharmi & baigharathi as one side you laugh at Karanchi people and other side you compaign for vote what type of politians you are!!! Koi sharm koi haya #ShehbazSharif
— U$åmÃ KhÅñ #TeamIK (@MineIsShine) 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
— Saffina Ellahi (@SaffinaEllahi1) June 26, 2018
— سید محمد شہزاد (@ShahzadOfficial) June 26, 2018
— شہریار (@Karachi_Waala) June 26, 2018
i condemn ur racist statement abt karachites .. yeah they eat Pan but they dont eat haram ..
vote se pehle voter ko izat do “
— Palwasha Binte Inam (@PalwashaInam) June 27, 2018
Paan-chewing is part of Karachi’s culture. The habit is particularly common among the Urdu-speaking Mohajir and Bengali communities. Perhaps making fun of a culture is the last thing you should do – especially when you are looking for votes.