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The Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to cultural and historical preservation operating in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad, with wide outreach across Pakistan. We seek to educate the community, foster an awareness of our nation's history, and instill pride in Pakistani citizens about their heritage.
Our organization has three main goals: to preserve and provide access to the archive, to build and support educational programs, and to curate public, educational, multi-sensory exhibitions using diverse mediums and technology that cater to varied age groups and demographics.
We are passionate about sharing Pakistan's stories through educational outreach programs and various exhibitions, festivals, and museums that are attended by hundreds of thousands of visitors. Our vision is to develop CAP as the foremost museum and heritage center of Pakistan’s history, culture, literature, and historical documentation, demonstrating the strength and spirit of Pakistan.


The Oral History Project

CAP is the only not-for-profit organization in Pakistan that is building and maintaining an extensive digital archive to preserve our nation's history and culture. CAP has focused its attention on the tradition of oral storytelling in Pakistan, emphasizing the importance of such narratives in creating a platform for national memory. Since its inception, CAP through its Oral History Project (OHP) has digitized more than 650,000 photographs from private and public collections and has collected over 5000 oral histories. Our archive offers one of the most unique selections of photography and is the most diverse collection of oral histories in Pakistan.
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