Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud was the man in charge of the TTP operations in Pakistan's restive Swat Valley when student activist Malala Yousafzai was shot in 2012. He was designated as a global terrorist by the US and carried a bounty of USD 5 million.
The State Department announcement came as Pakistani Foreign Secretary Tamina Janjua visited Washington for talks with US officials that were expected to focus on improving counter-terrorism cooperation and on US President Donald Trump's strategy for ending the war in Afghanistan.
"During the operation which continued for several hours the personnel arrested 10 suspects and recovered 86 pistols of 30-bore, three 12-bore rifles, 19 pistols of 12-bore, one 7-MM rifle, a carbine and hundreds of bullets and cartridges from their custody," a police spokesman said.
"Afghanistan is currently doing badly both in the fighting and in its civilian politics, governance, and poverty. Pakistan is still a sanctuary for the Taliban and Haqqani network and more of a threat than an ally," the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) said