The Citizens Archive of Pakistan [CAP] in collaboration with a local radio station has launched a program. Karachi ki Kahaniyan [Stories of Karachi] directed by Zain Ahmed, is a series of radio programs. Episodes for children are aired, every Wednesday, followed by an episode for all ages, in the evening.
The stories are drawn from various themes such as literary and artistic greats of Karachi, sports in Pakistan, non-Muslim festivals in Pakistan, partition, migration and monuments of Karachi.
CAP seeks to use radio as a tool to build a counter-narrative to negative notions about Karachi, inspire a sense of ownership in its citizens and inculcate in them a desire to take a proactive approach towards their city.
The first episode for children, Veera ki Kahani featured characters such as talking trees and animals encouraging the younger audience to think about how they can improve their lives and build a brighter Karachi. A talking tree helped a young girl called Veera to achieve her dream of being a musician while also helping the people in her community to rediscover their bonds with one another.
The episode series for all ages looks to Karachi’s past for inspiration and encourages listeners to appreciate their city, its history, heritage and resilience. These stories aim to aspire stronger bonds amongst the citizens of Karachi for better and more peaceful solutions for their city. The first episode explored the idea of a culture street, Koocha-e-Saqafat and the efforts of young friends who revive street art in their community.