Birth of Pakistan

The Citizens Archive of Pakistan and Engro Corp in collaboration with Mohatta Palace Museum present "The Birth of Pakistan".
For the first time in the country, the Citizens Archive of Pakistan [CAP] present an interactive exhibit designed specifically for children. "The Birth of Pakistan" strives to present and recreate the early years of Pakistan’s history in an engaging and immersive
manner for younger audiences. The Birth of Pakistan is a three month exhibit, opening to the public on the historic 23rd of March at the Mohatta Palace Museum. In essence, "The Birth of Pakistan" takes audiences on a journey from the Lahore Resolution of 1940 through the struggle & sacrifices
made to achieve a Muslim homeland in 1947 and to explore the early days of the new nation of Pakistan, as it struggled to stand on its feet.
Historically, the exhibit will begin with the Lahore Resolution and move forward into the Gandhi-Jinnah Talks, The June 3rd Plan, Sindh in the 1940s, the Riots, the Journey to Pakistan, Refugee Lives, The Government of Pakistan, Welcome to Pakistan, Citizens of Pakistan, Karachi, 1947, The
first civil servants, Pioneers and Philanthropists, Pakistan Women’s National Guard, Armed Forces, Industries and Education, All Pakistan Women’s Association, Entertainment and Leisure and will end with Jinnah’s Funeral. Each section of the exhibit has been independently curated.

CAP’s vision is to develop the foremost library and museum of Pakistani history, photography, culture, literature and historical documentation demonstrating the strength and spirit of Pakistan from the perspective of a citizen.  Indeed "The Birth of Pakistan" is a manifestation of this vision
where each story in this ehibit is part of a ‘living history’ experience
narrating important stories about the country and endeavouring to provide an engaging and thought-provoking window into the nation’s past, present and future.

Speaking about the exhibit, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, president of The Citizens Archive of Pakistan has said ‘The Birth of Pakistan’ is one of the many community-outreach projects that lie at the heart of The Citizens Archive of Pakistan’s work. We are a non-profit organization formed to foster, protect
and promote the cultur and history of Pakistan. We seek to educate the community, encourage an awareness of our nation’s history and instill pride in Pakistani citizens about their heritage. With ‘The Birth of Pakistan’, we strove to present and recreate the early years of Pakistan’s history in an
engaging and interactive manner for children. We believe the next generation of Pakistanis must appreciate and acknowledge the struggles and sacrifices of the first generation of Pakistanis in order to address the challenges that face our nation today."

Speaking on behalf of Engro Corp, Waqas Azhar, Brand Manager has said "We are pleased to join hands with the Citizens Archive of Pakistan in their efforts to preserve and promote Pakistan’s heritage and history through the exhibition "The Birth of Pakistan". This exhibit is a very close reflection of what lies at the heart of Engro Corp: education, awareness, and pride in
the nation. The exhibition strongly mirrors Engro Corp’s own spirit of revering the past: Heritage and history – things that define who we are and where we are going."

Curator of the Mohatta Palace Museum, Nasreen Askari has said "We live in an era in which museums are no longer viewed simply as repositories of objects but as sites of experience and delight that engage the mind as much as the eye.  We take delight in our collaboration with the Citizens Archive of Pakistan who have generously shared with us their historical archives and
valuable resources to produce an interactive exhibition…The creation of Pakistan is the theme of the exhibition and the ethos of the turbulent years leading up to it have been made explainable and evocative for children. Installed by the Citizens Archive of Pakistan in an authentic and innovative
manner, this exhibition is a pioneering attempt for the Museum and will hopefully pave the way for more exciting collaborations in the future." 

"The Birth of Pakistan" was also made possible by the voluntary contributions of a team of a hundred students, artists, curators, researchers and academicians.

An intimate viewing of the exhibit was held on the 20th of March for the media and guests to preview this interactive work to much acclaim and popularity. Speaking to the media at the Mohatta Palace Museum were Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and Amean J on behalf of CAP, Asad Umar CEO Engro Corp, Tahir Jawed Vice President Engro Corp and on behalf of the Mohatta Palace Museum,
Nasreen Askari.  The preview was attended by a cross section of diverse personalities and indeed generations including Sami Mohammed Khan the Quaid e Azam’s personal security in charge, Public Affairs Officer U.S. Consulate Karachi Elizabeth Colton, UK Deputy Head of Mission Simon Williams, APWA President Laila Sarfaraz along with sister Zeenat Safdar Haroon who was in
the Pakistan Women’s National Guard, TV personality Obaidullah Baig, Jimmy Engineer and photographer Tapu Javeri.

The Citizens Archive of Pakistan and Engro Corp in collaboration with Mohatta Palace Museum present "The Birth of Pakistan".

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