Armenian president rejects order to dismiss army chief
The prime minister has come under increasing pressure to step down for his handling of last year's war over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, which saw Armenia suffer heavy losses and agree to hand over swathes of territory to Azerbaijan.
However Pashinyan's decree will automatically enter into force in three days' time, according to the constitution.
Gasparyan's call for Pashinyan to resign last week sparked large protests, with the prime minister's supporters and critics flooding the streets of the capital Yerevan.
The row with top generals began when Pashinyan fired the deputy chief of the general staff.
His dismissal came after he ridiculed claims by the prime minister that Iskander missiles supplied by Russia -- Armenia's main military ally -- had failed to hit targets during the war for Nagorno-Karabakh.
Pashinyan issued a subdued retraction Monday, with his office saying he had been "incorrectly briefed on this matter" and had no doubts about the quality of Russian military production.