The Decline and Fall of The Zand Dynasty

- 40 - The Bushehr fleet was getting ready to sail to Asalouyeh on 5th August 1783. However, a letter came from Shiraz to Sheikh Nasser to inform him that Ali Murad Khan Zand, the son-in-law of Zaki Khan, had taken over Shiraz, removed Sadiq Khan’s eyes from their sockets,[1] killed his children and would be sending 6,000 men to help him subdue Zubara and end the situation of the Arabs leaving it. He was also informed that Sheikh Abdulla al-Ma‘ini of Hurmuz and Sheikh Rashid bin Mattar al-Qasimi of Ras alKhaimah, would be moving shortly to Asalouyeh to meet with Sheikh Nasser.(5) On 12 October, 1783, news reached Kangan on the Persian coast, that more than 60 boats and vessels belonging to Sheikh Rashid bin Mattar al-Qasimi of Ras al-Khaimah, had arrived to join forces with Sheikh Nasser of Bushehr against Zubara, Bahrain and the Arabs of al-Qurain. Yet, the 6,000 men promised by Ali Murad Khan had not arrived. Thus, there was no decision when Sheikh Nasser would be joining them 1. Sadiq Khan eventually committed suicide for feeling humiliated and being blinded.