By: Mir M.Hosseini
Vezir Saru Taghi served as regent to Shah Abbas 2. since his accession to the Safavian throne on May, 15, 1642. Shah was a ten year old minor at the time but Saru Taghi was able to run state affairs of the Safavid Empire with great executive policy that also satisfied Shah's mother. Influential women in Harem were an essential part of the Persian politics.
In the third year of Shah's reign, Vezir Saru Taghi was running state affairs with iron feast. The governor of Gilan, Davoud Khan was late on his due payments; this was somehow considered as a sign of non-obedience that led to an internal dispute among people at the royal court, especially Jani Khan the Ghoorchibashi who happened to be a relative of Davoud Khan. Their dispute escalated to the extent that Jani Khan decided to eliminate Saru Khan.
Jani Khan convinced some of Saru Khan's enemies such as Naghdi Khan and Arab Khan who had been dismissed from their duty as governor or Beylerbeygi of Koh Gilouyeh and Shirvan respectively. Soon, some others joined the conspirators and they went to Saru Khan's house on the Wednesday morning of Oct, 11, 1645. They caught the Vezir by surprise and killed him on the scene. Although the murderers charged Saru Taghi Khan with corruption and incompetence, Shah's mother knew that the act was a mutiny and indeed a coup against the Safavian Dynasty.
Five days later, on Oct, 15th the young Shah Abbas gathered his trusted circle and they planned to take Saru Khan's revenge. High ranking officials were invited to Alighapoo Palace, and when Jani Khan arrived, Shah asked him why he killed the Vezir. Caught by surprise, before the Ghoorchibashi could open his mouth, Shah Abbas ordered his officers to kill him. Jani Khan and 24 others were slain in a flash and their corpses were thrown out in the Naghshejahan Square.
Although the Safavian court lost a powerful and trusted Vezir, this event led to active engagement of young Shah Abbas in State affairs; he started a golden age that resembled that of his grandfather Shah Abbas 1.