Pakistan expected that India would have a knee jerk reaction following the Uri attack. Both the Jaish-e-Mohammad and the Pakistan army which work in tandem had planned both the Pathankot and Uri attack in a bid to provoke India. Pakistan felt that under pressure to act, the Indian government would have a knee jerk reaction as a result of which the issue could have escalated at the international level.
At the security meet which was chaired by the Prime Minister, this was one of the aspects that came up for discussion. While pressure grew on the Modi government to hit Pakistan immediately, several officials advised that there should be no knee jerk reaction and as the army put it, "We reserve the right to strike at a time of our choosing."
During the security meeting that was held which was followed by a meeting with the Prime Minister it was decided that India would take the diplomatic path and isolate Pakistan at all International Groupings.
While the attack clearly emanated out of Pakistan, India realised that it was the setting up of a trap by both the military and the Jaish-e-Mohammad.
Pakistan felt that an attack of this magnitude would have led to India hitting back. Pakistan even expected a knee jerk and emotional reaction from India. Had India entered Pakistan and carried out a strike, it would have been used by Pakistan at the United Nations to escalate the issue internationally.
Pakistan has already raised the Kashmir rhetoric and will bring it up at the United Nations. This they felt would put India on the backfoot who would be accused of escalating tensions across the borders.