The Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultural and historic preservation, operating in Karachi and Lahore. We seek to educate the community, foster an awareness of our nation’s history and instill pride in Pakistani citizens about their heritage.

CAP has focused its attention on the tradition of oral storytelling in Pakistan, emphasizing the importance of such narratives in a dialogue on national identity. Our organization has three main goals: to preserve and provide access to the archive, to build and support educational programs, and to develop educational products based on the testimonies collected.

We are passionate about sharing Pakistan’s stories with the educational outreach programs and the thousands of visitors who attend our festivals, and exhibitions. Our archives, exhibits and galleries change and grow as our understanding grows, and we strive to share our knowledge in original and exciting ways.

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.



The Citizens Archive of Pakistan is a non-profit registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 (Reg. No. 0138) in Karachi on 28th May 2007. The organisation is tax exempt under section 2(36)(c) of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 and it is registered with the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy. All donations in Pakistan are tax deductible and will receive a Certificate of Donation.

The Citizens Archive of Pakistan is a Member of the Society of American Archivists, International Council on Archives and the International Oral History Association.
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