"It is an issue. It is an issue that needs resolution. It is an issue that has raised passions particularly among those people who are not comfortable with English as a first language. In a country as diverse as ours, we cannot force one language on the entire population," he told reporters here.
The Chief Minister said it would be "extremely unfair" to "foist" a language on a region like Jammu and Kashmir. "Take Jammu and Kashmir for an example. We are a state with three diverse regions. Our official languages are Urdu and English. To foist a language on us, would be extremely unfair," he said.
Omar welcomed the Centre's announcement of convening an all-party meet over the issue.
"Obviously, we have a point of view. The fact that an all-party meeting has been called, which means that the National Conference will be represented... we will put our point of view across," he said.