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Lighter side of US-Pak ties

world Updated: Oct 22, 2011 00:28 IST

Washington’s troubled relationship with Pakistan has triggered plenty of heartburn for US officials, but rarely sidesplitting laughter.

That changed on Friday when secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton erupted in amusement during a town hall meeting in Islamabad when a participant described the US as Pakistan’s impossible to please mother-in-law.“We all know that the whole of Pakistan is facing the brunt of whatever is happening and trying to cooperate with the US, and somehow the US is like a mother-in-law which is just not satisfied with us,” said a woman who identified herself as Shamama and elicited a round of applause from the crowd.

“I think that’s a great analogy I have never heard before,” said Clinton. “Now that I am a mother-in-law, I totally understand what you’re saying and hope to do better...” AP