ISLAMABAD - As anticipated a major administrative change came in the National Accountability Bureau, following the installation of the interim set-up at the federal level, on Tuesday with termination of the services of Khursheed Anwar Bhinder as NAB Punjab director general, with effect from March 21.

Spokesperson for the NAB confirmed the bureau chairman, Admiral (retired) Fasih Bokhari, had terminated the services of Bhinder, saying Squadron Leader (retired) Irshadul Haq had been given the charge until a regular appointment.

Asked the necessity behind terminating Khursheed Anwar Bhinder at this point of time, spokesman Ramzan Sajid just said the NAB chairman had the administrative powers and that he had taken the very step under the law.

Sources privy to the development confided to The Nation that Bhinder was a political appointee and he had been removed as part of the bureau's move to purge it of political appointees.

The sources added the NAB had decided to appoint its internal officers against key posts under a decision to restructure the bureau. A senior NAB officer on the condition of anonymity said Bhinder had some good offer, so his termination came due to this reason.