In the run up to Balakot strikes, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat very categorically conveyed to the top brass of the government that his force was fully ready to deal with any ground offensive by Pakistan and take the battle into the enemy territory, a top military sources said.

“The Indian Army was prepared for conventional warfare with Pakistan which would have included going inside Pakistan,” the sources told PTI .

The Army chief informed the government about preparedness of his force when it was considering various options, including carrying out an aerial raid, to punish Pakistan for the Pulwama terror attack .

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Gen. Rawat, at a closed door interaction with a group of retiring Army officials on Monday, said that the force was ready to face any hostility from Pakistan Army after the Balakot strikes , the sources said. Explaining Gen. Rawat’s comments, a military official said what the Army Chief meant was that Indian Army was ready to take the battle into Pakistan.

The sources said that the Indian Army had finalised contracts to procure ammunition worth Rs 11,000 crore after the Uri terror attack in September 2016, and it has received 95 per cent of the total order.

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The Army has also finalised 33 contracts worth Rs 7,000 crore for procuring critical armaments while another set of purchases at a cost of Rs 9,000 crore is at an advanced stage.

Indian Air Force bombed terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed’s biggest training camp near Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on February 26, in response to the Pulwama attack. Pakistan retaliated by attempting to target Indian military installations on Wednesday. However, the IAF thwarted their plans.

The Indian strike on the JeM camp came 12 days after the terror outfit claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Kashmir that killed 40 soldiers.