The Decline and Fall of The Zand Dynasty

- 54 - Zand released all the prisoners. They rushed to the headquarters of the ruler of Shiraz and found him sitting on the floor reviewing some records. They beheaded him and stuck his head on a post which they suspended out of one of the windows overlooking the square. Sayed Murad bin Khuda Murad Khan Zand then took over Shiraz in the absence of Lotf Ali Khan Zand. He was paving the way for his own ambitions. A few days before returning to Shiraz, on the way between Kerman and Shiraz, Lotf Ali Khan Zand received the news of his father’s death. He left his army of 10,000-15,000 men and headed to Bushehr with the sons of the princes in his company. He placed himself under the protection of Sheikh Nasser alMatroushi, who welcomed their arrival. However, by 11th April, 1789, Sheikh Nasser alMatroushi’s health had deteriorated so much that he died that day, to be succeeded by Sheikh Nasser bin Nasser al-Zaabi, the former ruler of Bahrain. After taking over Shiraz, Sayed Murad bin Khuda Murad Khan Zand sent his brother, Shah Murad, with