DUSHANBE, July 13, 2011, Asia-Plus  -- More than 10,000 soldiers and officers from the Dushanbe Garrison of the Ministry of Defense, as well as Ministries of Interior and Justice, as well as the National Guards and the Border Guard Department of the State Committee for National Security (SCNS) are expected to be on a military parade dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Tajikistan’s Independence that will be held in Dushanbe on September 9.

Faridoun Mahmadaliyev, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense (MoD), has told Asia-Plus that the military parade will not involve military materiel.  Rehearsals are under way, according to him.

Tajik Defense Minister, Colonel-General Sherali Khairulloyev, and Commander of the Dushanbe Garrison, Major-General Latif Fayziyev, will command the parade.