DUSHANBE, October 2, 2014, Asia-Plus -- A military parade dedicated to the National Guard will take place in Dushanbe on October 13, an official source at one of power-wielding structures of Tajikistan told Asia-Plus in an interview.  

According to him, more than 4,000 servicemen will be on the military parade in Dushanbe on the occasion of the next anniversary of the National Guard.

“Soldiers and officers from the National Guard, Ministry of Defense, the Main Border Guard Directorate and other power-wielding structures of the country will participate in the parade that will take place at the National Guard’s Training Center in Dushanbe,” the source said.

The National Guard, formerly called the Brigade of Special Mission and Presidential Guard, is the national guard of Tajikistan, under direct command of the President of Tajikistan.

Formed on December 4, 1992, it was originally a special force unit known as the Brigade of Special Mission during the 16th session of the Supreme Assembly (Shuroi Oli) of Tajikistan, under the Tajik Interior Ministry.  During its first years, the Guard underwent serious testing, which earned the trust of the President and the people.  It was the reason why the President changed it from the Special Mission to the Presidential National Guard.

Their primary task is ensuring public safety and security.  On January 26, 2004, the Presidential Guard was transformed into the National Guard.  During the inauguration of the President on November 18, 2006, the Guard received the honor of presenting the Tajik state symbols.