He was said to have been part of the Tashkent clan, a powerful faction within the Uzbek elite. Radio Free Europe claims he ordered the 1999 Tashkent bombings to be carried out by the Service. He is said to be one of the most powerful men in the country.
He graduated from the School of Eastern Studies in 1968.
Inoyatov learned English and Persian, becoming one of the heads of the Tashkent clan. By 1999, they had more power and funding than the Ministry of the Interior. Radio Free Europe suggests that the 1999 bombings in Tashkent were carried out by the SNB under Inyatov"s orders.
In the beginning of 2005, Inoyatov was given control of the customs service and the border guard. He was one of the eight Uzbek officials blacklisted by the European Union.