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We’d like to thank you all for making the CAP Children’s Carnival such a resounding success. Your support enabled us to raise much-needed funds for building the Living History Museum. In case some of you missed it, take a look at some of the highlights!event-images
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ohp-imageThe CAP team in Lahore had the honor of interviewing Mr. Iftikhar Ahmad, an inspiring individual who also teaches printing. Mr. Iftikhar Ahmad was born in 1938 in Sialkot, and moved to Lahore, the publishing and printing hub of British North India, in 1942. Mr. Ahmad’s father was also a teacher of printing at the Mayo School of Arts, a major production center of mass-produced lithographic propaganda posters, in the 1920s. However, things did not remain the same for the printing and publishing industry after Partition in 1947.In the early 1960s, Mr. Ahmad went to study at the London College of Printing. He was offered a job there after he graduated, but his elder brother, who was a doctor and lived in London, told him that with every pound he earned he would be distanced further from his home in Pakistan. So, right after the Pak-India War of 1965, Mr. Ahmad returned to Pakistan and became a visiting lecturer at the National College of Arts. He would ride his bicycle from his home in Baghbanpura to the college and was paid 8 rupees every week. Later, he joined Government Polytechnic College of Printing as a founding lecturer, and retired as a principal in 1998. Mr. Iftikhar Ahmad spoke to the Lahore team in detail about the field of printing, which is not only about having scientific qualifications, but also about the aesthetic use of papers, typefaces and inks that require great precision. Mr. Ahmad is also an avid collector of stamps and coins. A favourite hobby of his is to create intricate paper boxes for his coin collection.


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