The Bangladesh Armed Forces is to finally have its own national defence policy after 46 years since independence. The draft of the national defence policy has been formulated by four ministries taking five years to create. The government had originally planned to create a defence policy in 1991 however it was stalled due to bureaucratic difficulties. But on December 2016 the draft defence policy was finalised and is being reviewed by the Prime Minister for approval.
The defence policy lays emphasis on protecting Bangladesh’s vast natural resources in the north and south of the country, curbing terrorism, establishing cadet colleges to provide quality military-style education to youths and provide military training to public servants.
Terrorism and militancy
The draft national defence policy states that Bangladesh needs to maintain a powerful armed forces to create a deterrence against non-state actors such as terrorist organisations. The policy lays out procedures