The Citizens Archive of Pakistan is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultural and historic preservation, operating in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.
We tell history in a way that it is exciting, engaging and interactive. With our public festivals, interactive exhibitions and educational outreach programs, we bring history to life. We provide a window into our nation’s past and present, and seek a blueprint for the future. We use film, photography and word of mouth to build social bridges, close cultural gaps and enhance the very perception of Pakistan.
Our aim since 2007 has been to foster and promote community-wide interest in Pakistan’s heritage by documenting, preserving and sharing our nation’s history in original and exciting ways.
Our goal is to use education to inspire the Pakistani youth –
especially those belonging to the underprivileged communities, who refuse to accept the status quo, to stand up for change, and to build a better Pakistan. Never has this need been more pressing and more urgent.With our extensive archives consisting of more than 1200 hours of interviews, over 40,000 images and a vast collection of newspapers and rare documents and maps, we are taking on the challenge of using history, art, media and dialogue to re-educate and engage our youth.
Our vision is to develop CAP as the foremost museum and heritage center of Pakistani history, photography, culture, literature and historical documentation demonstrating the strength and spirit of Pakistan from the perspective of a citizen. Each exhibit and gallery will tell important stories about the country and provide an engaging and thought-provoking window into the nation’s past, present and future.