Hakimullah Mehsud and Wali ur Rehman -File Photo

PESHAWAR: A close associate of Hakimullah Mehsud, chief of banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and six others have been arrested from Peshawar, DawnNews reported on Monday.

Mehsud’s close associate, "Hakeem," has been arrested along with six other extremists from Peshawar’s Hayatabad phase VI and have been shifted to an undisclosed location, sources told.

Four detained commanders of the banned outfit, including Hakeem were on the wanted list and their real names have not been disclosed yet, DawnNews learnt.

Hakeem was sub-commander of TTP Peshawar region.

Hakeem, along with his associates, was involved in kidnapping of high profile personalities; Hakeem’s gang was involved in the abduction of Professor Ajmal, Afghan counsel general Khalid Farahi and Iranian commercial attaché Hashim Atharzade.

Meanwhile, in a similar raid in Abbotabad, Police has arrested and registered cases of kidnapping for ransom against three members of the TTP.