ISLAMABAD - A powerful babu in Pakistan's government machinery dismissed two senior AJK tax officials on frivolous charges in an alleged case of personal victimisation, it has been learnt here on Wednesday. Former acting additional commissioners AJK Tax Department Basil Siddique and Shazia Habib had earned the wrath of their boss who believed that both the officers were instrumental in staging protests against the commissioner income tax AJK Qaiser Iqbal, last year. Frivolous charges were levelled against them and eventually former secretary Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Ihtisham Khan dismissed the officers from job on January 4, 2011. When contacted by this scribe, Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo, Federal Minister for KA&GB;, reiterated that the rule of merit would prevail and he would ensure that the officers were not victimised. "I would launch a probe into the matter to ascertain the actual cause of their dismissals. I would make sure that both these officials are not victimised at any cost. The two officers should give representations to me and I would address their grievances," he said. The former secretary KA&GB;had suspended Basil Siddique and Dr Shazia Habib in September 2010 on the charges of staging massive protests against the Commissioner Income Tax Qaiser Iqbal, a deputationist from Pakistan, against whom the AJK tax officials had held these protests for his alleged mismanagement. At the time of suspension of Basil and Dr Shazia, a press release was issued citing the protests as a major cause of their suspension. The 'fresh' yet frivolous charges levelled against Basil and Dr Shazia accused them of not informing their bosses about pending 'criminal' cases against them in AJK Ehtisaab Bureau.