We, as a nation, are blessed in many ways. Our federal government is – despite mounting occurrences of double and triple bomb blasts hitting civilians – hell bent on talking to mass murderers for, we’re told passionately, peace and stability. Our provincial governments are far more occupied with dealing with squabbles from opposition parties and (unsuccessfully) saving face in front of a hyper active media. And last week, our policemen – ever vigilant and honest to citizen causes and law enforcement – decided that the most unforgivable crime plaguing the province of Punjab is – wait for it – kite flying. That’s right. Cops caught 15,000 kites – those sinful multi-coloured kites – and 170 flyers.

Yes, we get it: Kite flying is a banned activity for justified reasons which include, most importantly, the usage of glass shard wire often resulting in wounded pedestrians, many of whom have been little children. While no one is advocating for the release of these violators who prioritized their entertainment over other citizen’s safety, one can’t help but point out a slight inconsistency in the entire affair. One can’t help but notice that it would have been even better if our law enforcers were this competent at cracking down on radicalization within the province. This scourge of religious extremism, threatening both the state and society, is the most pressing dilemma the province faces and the last time we checked, 50,000 Pakistanis were killed by kites a proliferating disease of terrorist violence, not bloodthirsty kites.

The point here is simple: Recreational activity with physically hazardous equipment is unacceptable and has to be rectified but it would help – just a tiny bit – if our cops recall that at least 26 extremist groups operate in Punjab alone while 18 million illegal weapons are smuggled in and around the province. And none of those guys fly kites.