INDIA has occasionally allowed its territory to be used by elements which have destabilised its neighbours, including Pakistan, remarked Stephen P Cohen, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institute, Washington DC. It's not purely a Pakistan issue, he said, adding that he has just returned from Sri Lanka where there is a lot of talk of Indian Tamils being engaged in Sri Lanka against the government there and "so no country is blameless." In an interview with NDTV, an Indian TV channel, on Sunday, Cohen said, "The problem with Pakistan for a number of years has been that it also does not control its own state and there are elements in Pakistan who in the past wanted to provoke India or exercise influence outside of Pakistan." He reminded that the Americans worked with Pakistan in defeating the Soviets in Afghanistan and there is nothing new. "There are elements in India too who do the same thing with regard to other countries," he said, citing the example of East Pakistan. "What's new is that the two countries cannot use force to deal with each other. It's the same as the US and Soviets. There's a limit to how much you can provoke the other. What both countries are doing is that they are allowing groups to go and provoke the other side. Sometimes it's state-sponsored and sometimes it's amateur. In this case (Mumbai episode) I don't think the Pakistan leadership was involved at all," he said On the other hand, he further said, Pakistan leadership can't control its own country. To question that there has not been any attack in the US after 9/11 or 7/7 in the UK, but India has seen a lot of terror attacks and whether it is a case of India being taken for granted, Stephen replied India is a bigger country and it's softer in some ways. "It's also closer to where a lot of these people hang out. States do have a responsibility to control their own territory," he added. "Right now Pakistan is unable of doing it," he stated, saying that there might be "elements of Pakistan" that are complicit also. To another question, Cohen said he thinks that the Mumbai attacks were designed among other things to provoke India-Pakistan bad relations and hurt the Zardari government. "Their (attackers) target simply wasn't India but to show the world that Zardari has no control over what happened. Perhaps, over his own government," he said. Urging both Pakistan and India to show patience and exercise self-control, he said, "You have to exercise deep restraint if you know that you are being provoked. You have to resist that provocation. On the other hand in India public opinion is outraged and this was the second major international crisis after 9/11 in terms of people from 22 different countries being killed," he added.