18th Asian Games kicks off in Indonesian capital of Jakarta with a colorful opening ceremony.Ceremony hosted in the honor of participating countries in the athlete village.

About 1,500 dancers in traditional dress performed a tightly choreographed routine before Afghanistan led the athletes’ parade into the stadium.

Hockey team captain Mohammad Rizwan led the Pakistani delegation. He marched past in the ceremony holding national flag.

Pakistan’s 359 member delegation is participating in 35 categories of the games.
Pakistan took part in the Asian Games for the first time in 1954.Pakistan so far secured 44 gold medals in the games.

About 18,000 athletes and officials from 45 ASIAN countries are taking part in the games.
The concluding ceremony will be held on September 2.