NEW DELHI: Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval chaired a Sunday morning meeting involving top intelligence and Army officials, where he called for options to be prepared for presentation to the Prime Minister.

From possible strikes against jihadist military infrastructure across the Line of Control (LoC) to Pakistan Army positions that are alleged to have helped push infiltrators, an entire range of responses are being considered by the Indian security establishment in retaliation against Sunday’s attack in Uri, government sources told The Indian Express.

The Northern Command, senior military, sources said, has begun assessing plans to strike Pak Army positions that are suspected to have facilitated the infiltration of jihadist groups through the LoC, using special forces or artillery. In addition, New Delhi is also considering deeper strikes on training camps across the LoC, as well as the use of intelligence assets to target commanders responsible for the Uri attack.

The discussion on Sunday, which included representatives of the Intelligence Bureau, Research and Analysis Wing and the Directorate-General of Military Operations, also touched on possible Pak military responses to Indian strikes.

“We will avenge the killings of our soldiers”, a top military commander told The Indian Express, “but we will do so based on cold-blooded professional military assessment, and on a timeline of our choosing, not one dictated by political imperatives or the prime-time news cycle”.

The exercise initiated by the NSA on Sunday, sources said, is the most thoroughgoing since the 26/11 strikes, when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had considered air and missile strikes against Lashkar-e-Taiba camps inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Singh, however, dropped the plan during days of the attack, after the armed forces and intelligence services said they could not guarantee success.

Fali Homi Major, the then-air force chief, had told the Prime Minister he was prepared to strike inside Pakistan, but could not do so because the intelligence services could not provide adequate digital data on Lashkar camps. Then army chief Deepak Kapoor also demurred, saying the army was not prepared for a brief, surgical war.

Indian diplomats have been asked to brief world capitals on the terror strike ahead of the United Nations General Assembly meeting commencing on Monday, where Pakistan is expected to aggressively raise the Kashmir issue. The United States on Sunday “strongly condemned” the Uri attack but has not named Pakistan. In private, United States diplomats have expressed concerns about the escalation of military tensions.

The Prime Minister, a senior diplomatic sources said, is however unlikely to pursue direct diplomatic options to resolve the crisis, as he did after the Pathankot crisis. “Though the Prime Minister has not yet foreclosed non-military options”, a senior Indian diplomat said, “he simply does not believe Nawaz Sharif is in a position to deliver on terrorism”.