Nawaz Sharif recalls blast in Bosnia that happened before his first trip, remembers infamous ‘Sniper Alley'

07:26 PM | 22 Dec, 2016
Nawaz Sharif recalls blast in Bosnia that happened before his first trip, remembers infamous ‘Sniper Alley'
SARAJEVO - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif still remembers the blast in Bosnia during his previous visit to the country when he first arrived in the region, not as a prime minister.

The PM, who was on a three-day visit to Bosnia, told Daily Pakistan about a blast near the infamous ‘Snipers Alley’ when he was visiting the south-east European nation.

“The first time when I arrived in Bosnia, I was not the prime minister. While I was replying to questions regarding a change in Bosnia, there was an attack near ‘Snipers Alley’ that claimed over 25 lives,” Mr Nawaz Sharif added.

The PM said he was there in the area for a planned meeting when the attack occurred in a fruit or vegetable market.

Nawaz Sharif, who concluded his first visit to Bosnia as Prime Minister on Thursday, said he had first come to the country with United Nations. “It was December and I was accompanied by Senator Mushahid Hussain. We stayed in a hotel which had no electricity. Candles were lit for light, while a bucket full of hot water was brought for a bath,” he recalled.

The Pakistani premier said Bosnian people have seen a lot of violence in their country. He further said that it is not necessary that all countries should enjoy good relations based on economic interests alone. “There are a few countries in the world with which Pakistan shares emotional ties. And Bosnia is one of them,” he added.

Nawaz Sharif said as PM, he tried his best to help the Muslims in Bosnia during the civil war. “Many people in Bosnia can acknowledge my efforts, even today,” he told Daily Pakistan. “Bosnia is the only country in Europe which enjoys a closer relation with Pakistan.”

‘Sniper Alley’

‘Sniper Alley’ was the informal name primarily for streets Zmaja od Bosne Street (Dragon of Bosnia Street) and Meša Selimović Boulevard, the main boulevard in Sarajevo which during the Bosnian War was lined with snipers' posts, and became infamous as a dangerous place for civilians to traverse.


The road connects the industrial part of the city (and further on, Sarajevo Airport) to the Old Town's cultural and historic sites. The boulevard itself has many high-rise buildings giving sniper shooters extensive fields of fire.

Although the city was under constant Serb siege, its people still had to move about the city in order to survive, thus routinely risking their lives. Signs reading "Pazi - Snajper!" ("Watch out - Sniper!") became common. People would either run fast across the street or would wait for United Nations armored vehicles and walk behind them, using them as shields.

According to data gathered in 1995, snipers had wounded 1,030 people and killed 225, including 60 children.

Usman Mujib Shami is the Executive Editor of Daily Pakistan. He did his Masters in international Business from Hult University and his Bachelors from Institute of Business Administration, Karachi.


Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 24 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

On Saturday, Euro stands at 302  for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 February 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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