An investigation into allegations that some members of President Ashraf Ghani’s administration have given out government posts in exchange for sexual favors, according to Jamshid Rasuli, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office.

The accusations were made by General Habibullah Ahmadzai, a former senior adviser to Ghani, who said “circles” inside the Afghan president were forcing women to perform sexual favors in exchange for coveted government jobs.

The allegations come at a time when Afghan women are concerned that the government’s ongoing talks with the Taliban will result in the loss of hard fought women’s rights in the conservative Muslim country.

Many Afghan women’s rights activists are worried that Ghani’s government may agree to the radical Islamist group’s demands concerning a woman’s right to bring up sexual assault charges against men.