ISLAMABAD - Calling for resolving all issues through dialogue, diplomacy, prudent policy and national consensus, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said Pakistan and India cannot afford another war in the 21st century and described talks as the only way forward.He said with four wars already fought on the Kashmir issue, the region still was a flashpoint. "But in this 21st century, we cannot afford wars,” Gilani said on Sunday.Gilani also rejected the criticism at the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India and said the decision had been taken with consensus in the federal cabinet. "The MFN status was approved by the cabinet with a consensus decision. The MFN was not a special status as generally apprehended, rather it was non-discrimination in trade like with other 100 countries of the world," he was addressing the Kashmir Convention held at the Prime Minister Secretariat in connection with the Kashmir Solidarity Day.He said the decision was meant to hold trade talks and the government would never compromise on national interests. He also mentioned that the trade across the Line of Control (LoC) between Azad Kashmir and the Indian-Held Kashmir since 2008 had reached around Rs 15 billion. "But the trade across LoC does not mean that we will back out from the issue of Kashmir.""This is my message for the Kashmiri brethren that we are committed to continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support to them," he said.The premier said the country's policies should be made with national consensus and by the chosen representatives of masses and not by the individuals.Gilani cited the Pak-China friendship and said the whole nation was united on the policy and wanted to take the friendship forward, adding that there was no difference of opinion on the Kashmir cause. He, however, mentioned that there were question-marks in Pakistan's policy on Afghanistan, as it was made by a dictator, who was wearing four hats - the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Chief of Army Staff, President and Chief Executive - but could not sustain the pressure after a call from the US under-secretary.In contrast, he added, after the November 26, 2011 attack on Pakistani border posts, the whole nation under the democratic government stood united. “We halted the NATO supply line; got the Shamsi Airbase vacated and boycotted the Bonn Conference." Gilani said the Parliamentary Committee on National Security had finalised recommendations on the Pak-US ties and the Joint Sitting of the Parliament would make a decision reflective of the aspirations of the masses."Gone are the days, when the foreign policy was made by individuals. Now, the policies would be made by the chosen representatives and through the Parliament," he said.The prime minister said the Parliament would debate on all issues and policies including Kashmir policy, nuclear policy and new terms of engagement with the US, the NATO and the ISAF, adding that these policies would have the backing of 180 million people. He said the recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir would be honoured. He referred to his meeting with Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh (in Maldives) and said the two sides agreed to discuss all the core issues including Kashmir.The prime minister said the Kashmiris had been struggling for their right for the last over 60 years and had rendered lot of sacrifices and embraced martyrdoms, adding it was for the first time that a Indian prime minister said that the two sides were ready to discuss all core issues including Kashmir."This is the way forward. We have convinced them," he added.He assured the audience that Pakistan would use all forums including the OIC, EU and others, and remain in the forefront to get the Kashmir dispute resolved.Kashmir Committee Chairman Maulana Fazlur Rehman told the conference said the Kashmiri leadership was not satisfied with the explanations given by the Ministry of Commerce on the MFN status to India, adding that the ministry should again hold talks with the Kashmiri leadership to satisfy them on the issue.He said the Kashmir issue should be the main focus and central point of the foreign policy, as the people had a strong and principled stance on Kashmir issue.He said the Kashmir issue should be resolved through dialogue and negotiations and not through war, adding that OIC and other available forums should be used to highlight the Kashmir issue, he added.He said resolutions passed by the Parliament regarding the foreign policy issues should be implemented in letter and spirit.