In the 1970s there were more than 150,000 Pakistanis in Libya, primarily migrant workers. However, by 2009, that number had declined to just 10,000. The decline in numbers has been attributed to Pakistani government inaction in attempting to increase manpower exports. In May 2009, president of PakistanAsif Ali Zardari visited Libya with the aim of increasing manpower exports, and proposed several measures including starting direct flights between the two countries and opening a joint Pakistani-Libyan bank to facilitate remittances.
There is a Pakistan Community School in the Libyan capital of Tripoli.