The Birth of Pakistan

The Citizens Archive of Pakistan and Engro Corp, in collaboration with the Mohatta Palace Museum, are proud to present ‘The Birth of Pakistan’.

Date: 23 March – 23 June, 2010
Venue: The Mohatta Palace Museum, Hatim Alvi Road, Clifton, Karachi- 75600
Timings: Tuesday – Friday 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday closed

Free entry for students

For the time first time in Pakistan, an interactive exhibit designed specifically for children will take young visitors on a journey from the Lahore Resolution of 1940 to the struggle to achieve a Muslim homeland in 1947 and explore the early days of the new nation as it struggled to stand on its two feet. This exhibition is however not limited to just children alone- It’s interactive exhibits are appealing to people of all ages.

The exhibit features a unique ‘train journey’ from India to Pakistan, recreations of make-shift government offices and refugee tents, a chance for children to explore the contents of a ‘sundook’ or trunk brought to Pakistan by a migrant, photographs and film clips of major moments in Pakistan’s early history.

Children visiting the exhibition will receive their copy of the first passport of Pakistan, learn about how millions heard about the Partition of the Indian sub-continent, first saw the Pakistani flag or heard the National Anthem. The exhibition also delves into facets of Quaid-e-Azam’s personality through the recollections of his friends, co-workers, admirers and supporters.

We also honour the contributions of Muslim League leaders and pioneers such as Begum Rana Liaquat Ali Khan, the first civil servants of Pakistan and the members of the Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Navy, police and army, Pakistan Women’s National Guard, All Pakistan Women’s Association and Radio Pakistan.

This exhibition is just one of many community-outreach projects that lie at the heart of The Citizens Archive of Pakistan.

We hope you and your family will join us at the Mohatta Palace Museum!

To find out more about CAP, visit

For schools:

All bookings must be made one week prior to your visit
All schools must register the number of students attending the exhibition, the name of a teacher accompanying them and a contact number for the teacher. Please send these details to or contact us on 0332-3392004 and 0332-2541272. We can accommodate up to a 100 students at once.


Pakistan in the 1950s: CAP is seeking interviews!

A message from the coordinator of CAP

The Citizens Archive of Pakistan is currently seeking Pakistanis who lived through the 1950s and would be willing to have their stories recorded as part of our Oral History Project.

CAP has been recording oral history since June 2008. Through the interviews, unbelievable stories have emerged of implausible acts of political strategy, as well as heart-warming accounts of courage and personal strength. Each interview is a record that encompasses the personal stories of Pakistanis involved in events that shaped our nation, the reminiscences of high achievers in their field or the everyday lives of those who witnessed the early years of our country and the memories of the nation at work and play. CAP’s Oral History Project is all-inclusive: Pakistanis from all walks of life are eligible to be interviewed. Our vision is to develop CAP as the foremost library and museum of Pakistani history, art, photography, culture, literature and artefacts demonstrating the strength and spirit of Pakistan from the citizen’s perspective.

Each interview is used to create a short film clip, which can be viewed on our website, The audio-visual nature of the Project ensures that even if you are unable to read or write English or Urdu, you are still able to interact with the history of your nation and discover the roots of your identity.

If you would like to nominate a friend or member of your family for an interview and preserve their stories for generations to come, please email or call us on 0332 3392004.

Help Pakistan?

A few weeks back, we were trying to figure out what we could do to help Pakistan and a few of you thought that there is a lot that can be done (including me)….no good ideas came out and although I do have an ultimate dream of my life, this is for sure something we could help with: The Citizens Archive of Pakistan. Obviously, I will not recommend that you donate anything for the cause but you can surely do a lot otherwise. Have a look at their website, join em on FB and see for yourself what is there that you could help with.